Friday, 30 March 2012

Very Important Post...

Today, I sadly noticed that my Hotmail account has been hacked somehow. It has resulted in e-mails being sent to almost everyone I have ever e-mailed saying things along the lines of "Make money from home" with a link. I wasn't going to post anything but I realised that as I have a money saving blog, that people may think it is genuinely me. It isn't, and I'm doing everything I can to work out how it has happened.

If you received an e-mail from me, please delete it. And please note, I will never ever send an e-mail saying to make money here with a link. The only time I will send a link is if you have e-mailed me first, or if it's my blog. :)

If you have any idea how this has happened, or anyway that I can stop this problem, then please let me know. I have already changed my password so I'm hoping that's helped.

Thank you for understanding and hope you're all having a good Friday.

5 comments:

  1. Hey hun, so sorry to hear you were hacked! This happened to be two summer's ago, except the email sent out from mine was asking for money, saying I was on holiday in Spain, had been mugged of all my money & the manager of my hotel wouldn't let me leave until I'd paid! My poor Dad was just one of the people to receive the email & thought it was true! Thankfully he called to check I was okay before sending any money.
    It's basically hacking programmes that are set to try & hack your email. They'll have a load of similar email addresses, & the program will just put password after password into your account until it hacks its way in. The best thing you can do is regularly change your password. Try & make it difficult to guess, I often use favourite possessions like 'purpledress' or something. It's good to try & use a mix of letters, numbers & symbols & a mix of upper & lower case too. My bf (a complete computer geek) recommends you have 3 passwords, 1 for your email, 1 for your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc), & 1 for everything else. Obviously you can have more than that, but 3 as a minimum is good as it means if one password is hacked, it won't affect everything. He also recommends you update or alter your passwords every 3 months. It's worth Googling common passwords - you'd be surprised by how common some passwords are!
    Hope that's helped. I haven't been hacked since & I try to keep things updated.

    Steph xx

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    1. Thank you so much for your advice in the comment - I'm definitely going to change my passwords regularly. Hopefully I won't be hacked again.

      x

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  2. Mine did this the other day but the only way I realised is that none of the emails actually sent i just received emails back saying 'failed delivery' xx

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    1. Mine too! 3 hadn't sent and then when I checked my sent box, I found lots of sent ones. Hopefully it's sorted now.

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  3. I had the exact same thing yesterday :( I only realised because of all the 'out of office emails'. Its quite a good job it happened on a weekend as I probably wouldn't have known if it weren't for them!
    This is the second time it has happened to me know and I don't really understand it as I do use good, strong passwords. So annoying. xx

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