Word of the Week: Scam

Word of the Week: Scam
Other words for Scam: Swindle, Con, Fraud, Bunco, Diddle, FlimFlam, Gyp, Racket, Sting, Hustle

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She Can Hack Your Email Account!

The article below is used with permission from a forum friend, "Button", and a link to her blog (was) listed here, but is no longer active. We have her to thank for this terrific tip to safeguard your information:

I have access to your email password right now. What will I find? Paypal passwords? Financial records? Do you send IDs and SS card copies? Are they still stored in your sent box?

What if you run a home business? Would I be able to access financial records, credit cards and other information?

What? Think I can't steal your email password?

Of course, I don't really have your password, but I could. Your neighbor could. Someone could break into your home while you are gone, take nothing and leave no trace, and steal all your passwords without you even knowing it. There are other ways too.

How safe is your email right now?

Right now, I have ID, SS number, passwords and links for work, Paypal information, client information... all on what I thought was a secure email.

What would a hacker find in your email?

First step, secure your password. Change it as often as you can. Keep your password in a safe place. Not your pocket book. In a safe. No safe? How about a folded paper inside your fridge? You'll remember, no one will suspect.

Next step, delete your emails. You know, I keep important emails in folders. That's probably the dumbest thing. It keeps me organized, but it also helps hackers identify exactly where the important information is!

Print out your emails or save them to disk. Make two copies. Put one copy in your safe, put the other in a safe place outside the home. A lock box at a bank, your parent's safe is okay. That way if you ever lose something or your house catches on fire, you know exactly where it is.

Delete all those emails that had important information in them. Don't forget the sent box, the folders and the deleted folder as well.

You can never be too safe on the Internet. I've had my own servers to my websites hacked in and used for sending spam because they were not secure. If I had a business and did business through my web domain email, that means my customers would be at risk. Uh oh, double the trouble. Things happen.

So... fess up. What's in your email?

For greater password protection for use anywhere on the Internet or for your email account remember to create passwords with greater security. Use at least 7 characters and your password should contain a combination of lower case, upper case, letters, and/or some special characters. This will provide much stronger security for your information.

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