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My Email Account Was Hacked — A Lesson Learned

"Beware the password hack"

Beware the password hack

Well, it’s happened to many of my friends and I’ve joined a not-so-exclusive club of people whose emails have been hacked.

Yesterday, I received over 5,000 emails in my inbox from hackers who send out hundreds of thousands of emails using hijacked email accounts. The ones going to defunct accounts are bounced back to the sending email with a message: Mail delivery failed: return to sender. Today, the company that hosts my site, Hostgator, helped to stop another barrage of 10,000+ emails. So how did this happen?

Simple — I had a real easy password that I’ve been using for years. Of course, I’ve changed it. I’m finally following the advice of the experts. A lesson learned the hard way. So, if you, like me, have been too lazy to change the passwords on your important accounts, I urge you to do so.

Here is good advice from Microsoft’s Safety and Security Center: Read More→