Email hacking

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Tulani, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. Tulani macrumors 6502a

    Tulani

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    How often does your yahoo or gmail get compromised and have spam sent from your address?

    It's twice now I have had to reset my passwords.
     
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    My gmail account has never been hacked. I've had it for several years.
     
  3. lostngone macrumors demi-god

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    What does getting spam have to do with your account getting hacked?

    Please explain?
     
  4. localoid macrumors 68020

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    He didn't say he was receiving spam, he said spam was being sent from his email address.
     
  5. Tulani thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Tulani

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    Correct
     
  6. localoid, Dec 22, 2013
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    localoid macrumors 68020

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    At times I've gotten email alerts from Google whenever I'd logged into my gmail account from a different IP address than usual. OP, are you receiving any alerts such as these?

    YOu can review your recent activity and logins, etc. I think this is the URL to do so: https://security.google.com/settings/security/activity


    You can also switch to a 2-step verification process for logins -- you (1) enter a password and then (2) send a code from your phone:

    https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/180744
     
  7. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Your account likely isn't being hacked. The from address is ridiculously easy to spoof, they're likely just spoofing your address to try to get around your spam filter.
     
  8. Tulani thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Tulani

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    To the extend that they actually send to existing contacts in my address book?
     
  9. localoid macrumors 68020

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    Do you actually have copies of the spam messages sitting in your "sent" box on your gmail account? Or is someone just saying they received spam from your account?

    If someone is claiming you sent them spam, get a copy of the message and look at the headers. The last "received" header will identify the server that received the mail and the machine the mail was received from. The other "received" headers will show the servers the message traveled though to reach the precipitant. So you should be able to figure out if the message was actually sent via your gmail account or not.
     
  10. Tulani thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Tulani

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    Yes it's from those that received the spam from my address and forwarded copy to me. It doesn't appear in my sent box though. Thanks.
     

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