Sad to say, my email was hijacked last night and sent spam to everybody on my contact list. And I mean everybody.
- The mayor and various city council members (I've served with them on a nonprofit committee).
- The listserver for my kids' middle school (probably 700 or so recipients there via a single address)
- All the wonderful tutors I've worked with for years
- Old college and high school friends
I debated sending out a follow-up apologetic email but I didn't, because I think that's almost making things worse.
What did I learn? Obviously I needed a better password. How good is yours? Check it here:
I also need to change passwords more often, I get pretty lazy about that.
I also learned that I got an awful lot of undeliverable mail back. A lot of my contacts have changed email and not notified me. Do you let people know when you switch email?
I also found out that there's a universally recommended free tool to check your computer for harmful invaders. Get it at Malwarebytes.org. It didn't find anything on mine, but apparently it's pretty good at finding the nasty stuff regular software like McAfee can't.
So. Did you check your password?