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November 20, 2011 at 20:29:48
Specs: Linux i686
Hi!I am Using Linux10.5??? Not sure exactly Ubantu /new install by someone else/ Changed email password on Hot mail/ Contact list hacked by Canadian Neighbour Pharmacy / spoofing my email as well /How to stop these people ????/Please before you answer do a Goggle search and see the scope of this criminal enterprise and then see if there is a solution .They are part of the Russian Mob eastern Europe . Thanks . Bill

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#1
November 21, 2011 at 00:52:52
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Simple solution, don't store contact lists on Hotmail, GMail etc. I'm coming across people on a daily basis now whose webmail accounts have been hacked and apart from changing passwords (which is a bit late once contacts have been harvested) there is little that can be done.

I always recommend that users keep their contact lists locally (using a computer based webmail client), keep their security up to date, always use the bcc option when sending emails to contact lists and make use of disposable email accounts so that if an account is compromised then it can be deleted and forgotten.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#2
November 21, 2011 at 01:30:53
John ,Thank you for your answer. Being a novice I dont understand the part about web mail client. Can you explain the bcc option ? I am trying to get my head around the disposable email thing . My friends would be writing to a new mail all the time . Cant see how that would be good. I am old fashioned I guess, I got that email address long time ago and its mine just like my home address. It seems so unfair that someone would attack me for no discernible reason to me . I want a weapon or tool to fight these guys somehow .I dont plan a surrender nor giving any ground up .Did you look at Goggle on the pharmacy guys ? Huge operation ,many people will suffer from these guys ,maybe even die because of this . Sure wish I had some ninja computer skills.

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#3
November 27, 2011 at 23:56:43
Sorry, I missed your last reply. If you haven't already found out, a mail client is a program on your PC which handles the process of downloading & storing of your emails, contacts etc. Mail clients and webmail both have their advantages and disadvantages, but the big one, as far as you are concerned, is that having your emails handled locally, using a mail client means that, with a decent security program, you can stop what has happened to you using webmail, which you have little control over. The only advantage of webmail is that, because it is all done 'in the cloud', for want of a better phrase, you can access your emails/contacts from any machine, and should your own pc fail, get stolen or whatever, you don't lose your emails/contacts, hence the need for a decent back-up regime as well.

When I mention 'disposable email' I mean an email address that you can afford to lose. When I set up a new email system for a client I will always give them 3 email addresses (most ISPs will let you have at least 5 if necessary). The first one is the one assigned by thee ISP, which is one that cannot usually be changed and is often not very user-friendly, so that gets written down on a piece of paper and put away only for use when the customer needs to alter anything on their account. The second address is a 'friendly' one to only give to friends and relations. The third email is the 'throw-away one for use on websites, forms etc. This is the one that, should it become compromised it just gets closed, deleted and a new one set up.

Bcc (Blind carbon copy) is an option, when sending an email, to allow you to send the email to many people, but only have the receipient's address appear when they receive it, not a long list of all of the other people, with their email addresses showing. The bcc option may be hidden by default, but if you do a search for bcc in the help section of whichever program you are using it will tell you how to enable it.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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