Hi, this is a critical update since we are an online community. I got my email (personal one), the site is protected and we have a security software consultant who handles things here at the forum. I started looking around and wondering how widespread this new hacking thing has become. I don't think anyone here wants it to happen to them.
Do a Google search for "msn email hacking", or yahoo or whoever you use. I was shocked when I went and did a search on UTube where the hackers have easy to follow instructions about where they find holes in the major email providers. Clearly if you look at any UTubes do NOT click on to visit the hackers sites. It is astonishing and a widespread issue. I have 2 laptops, they got into one and were sending out emails from me to my address book people. Now that laptop needs to be restored to factory settings and I will lose all my bookmarks etc. Once they get in via your email they disable and create havoc with your files.
Last night I started working on my other laptop and when I logged in for my mail in the usual manner, the hackers had hijacked that so I immediately stopped. Now in order to log into my account I go to the msn site and get in from there. Like an idiot when the log in box popped up late last night when I was trying to get the other laptop set up a log in box popped up, it looked different and I logged in using that and wham, now I need the software guy to go through my laptop and see if it has invaded my computer like they did on the other one.
I watched a bit of one of the hackers instructions on UTube and anyone with half a brain can follow their instructions to hack into whatever the latest hole they have found in the security of the email providers. I would recommend to NOT combine your email account with one company like gmail and them encourage you to do.
Change your password often, I keep a book to write them down because I don't want to fall victim to these punks again.
I would post links for the information but since many in our community use the "free" emails please Google for information about how to keep safe with whatever service you are using. I have never used one of those accounts so was quite shocked to find that those creeps with nothing better to do than sit around in their PJ's figuring out how to get past the security of the major companies got into my msn account. Because I use msn, clearly I had a false sense of security, grrrrr.
Well off to figure out what to do next to make sure I am more secure. Their invasions don't show up when I ran a full inspection. They are one step ahead of the big guys like msn, yahoo etc, it is sport to them to find vulnerable spots and brag about them and it takes them awhile to figure out where the holes are that the creeps have figured out.
Two software experts recommended the back up service called "granite" so I need to get that online also so I am not caught flat footed again. Because they have invaded the laptop with all my bookmarks I don't feel safe doing any transfers, what a hassle, I had a ton of bookmarks. I plan to install "Last Pass" or something like that via Firefox for my future bookmarks.