My yahoo e-mail keeps getting hacked. It has happened about three or four times in the past six months. Someone gets in and sends spam to people on my e-mail list, and I have to change my password. What gets me is that I have very hard passwords, with lots of letters, numbers and other symbols, and the hackers still get in. So I had to change my password again right now.
I have a few questions for those who are more computer wise than I am:
1. How do I do a mass e-mailing to everyone who is in my yahoo contacts? I'd like to send something out to them when this happens to tell them to not open the last mailing they think they got from me, but I don't know how to send an e-mail to everyone. It's probably really easy, but I am that computer illiterate. (My first computer was a cast iron type writer.)
2. I received a copy of the spam this time, and the e-mail address that shows up next to my name is not my e-mail address. It is the following: Salpy <valentina @ pirani.info> That is not my e-mail address. Does this mean the person who is hacking me is named Valentina, and this is her address? What do I do? Can I call the police on her?
3. Does the fact that I am getting hacked so much mean that there is a bug, or malware, or virus in my computer? Who do I take it to? Should I take it to those young men at the Apple Store, who wear black t-shirts? Would they know how to stop this?
Please help me, someone!!!
What Opus said. Someone is using your known address to phish most likely.
For whatever reason, yahoo is likely to be used for phishing, I am not sure why. I get three or four emails a week from folks with yahoo account, which are phish attempts (with how terse people make their email, maybe some are true email).
The problem isn't that your yahoo account has been hacked, but that phishers know that your have a real email account and people will respond to it.
Really it is no big deal. Phishers are pretty benign for the most part. If it were your work email, I would be more concerned because then, it could be an attempt to get an insight into the structure and nature of your work and those you work with to then target a specific real hacking attempt.
It is just annoying. The best solution? Used a ton of email addresses, with one primary you never give out except to those, to no one firstname.lastname@example.org
will my primary account. Few people use it, its NBD. Give pretty much every part of my online world its own email. It's kept me safe knock on wood, for over 20 years.
Maybe you should go to gmail. Start using that as your primary, forward you yahoo account to there. Google has more and better infrastructure protecting, they are the NSA after all. Then I would start creating other gmail accounts for each place you use.
Oh well, I am rambling.