One thing that has become obvious about hackers and spammers is that they are becoming more and more creative when it comes to getting around security features. If there is a way to bypass it, they will probably find it. One way that this has been happening for some time is by spoofing an email account.
Here’s what you need to know about the process of email spoofing, how you can fix this problem if you have been targeted, and steps you can take to make sure that it doesn’t happen to you:
- What is spoofing? With email spoofing, a spammer forges the “From” header in an email so that it appears to be coming from an address that does not belong to the spammer. Usually, this is done so that it can bypass spam filters by appearing to be coming from someone on your contacts list. If your email has been spoofed, then you may be getting a lot of messages from friends and family wondering why you are sending them spam (and possible links to viruses).
- How can I fix this? If you have been the victim of a “spoofer” then the first thing that you should do is reset your email password. If this is from a personal account, then just follow the instructions from your individual email host. If it is a work account, you may need to inform your IT department. If you are the webmaster for your company, you may need to contact your hosting service to find out about resetting all of your passwords as it could be a company-wide issue (and one that could cost business if your customers associate you with spamming).
- How can I prevent this from happening to me? In order to prevent this, be sure that you practice basic Internet security. Never give out your password to anyone and do not click on suspicious links that are sent to you by unknown persons. If it is a link from someone you know, check with them first before clicking on it to see if they have been spoofed. Also, make sure that your password is not easily guessable. A strong password should be at least 8 characters in length and a random mixture of letters (upper and lowercase) along with numbers and symbols.
Hackers and spammers will do just about anything to get access to your emails to help spread viruses or send out their spam messages. If you are the victim of a spoofer, it is important to reset your passwords so that you can cut off their access to your account.
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