Email Hacked Today!

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Email Hacked Today!

Email hacked? You change your passwords often.

I got hacked today!

“Email hacked today! What a day this has been.”

This is what happened to a good friend of mine today.  She had taken her boys to stay with her Mom for the day and upon arrival at work, had a call from Mom telling her to check her e-mail.

A parent from the baseball team had called her Mom and was very worried about her. He wanted to know what he needed to do.

Why would he ask that?

Well, he had received an email that said my friend was in London and that she had misplaced her wallet and he needed to send her a certain amount of money asap!

My friend’s Mom explained to the parent that her daughter was fine and was not in London. He was so relieved.  Calls came in from New York, Texas, Florida, Colorado, New Jersey and locally to check on her.

It was so upsetting to have her email hacked and her privacy invaded like this. You think you have all of the necessary security in place and then something like this happens.

On the good side, what my friend discovered, however, is that in spite of all of this, she was able to touch base with people she hadn’t spoken to in quite some time who were genuinely concerned for her.

She discovered that her friends read this fake email and just knew it didn’t sound like her at all and became suspicious.

So, tip #1 – double check your passwords to be sure they’re strong:

  • If your password has an “a” in it, change it to the “@” symbol instead
  • Change your passwords regularly (once per month)
  • Are you using obvious pass words such as “firstname123” or “your last name 123”? (Change it!)
  • Do not share your passwords with family or friends (yes, people do this!)
  • Do not save your passwords in a file on your computer. Write them down on paper and store in a safe, private place.

Long story short, my friend is a little unnerved but doing well in her hometown (not London!) Lesson learned.

Take care,

Leslie

About Leslie Williams

Leslie Sansone Williams is a #1 International Best Selling Author, paralegal educator, graphic designer, course creator and product developer. She writes and consults on the paralegal career, publishing, social media, video & marketing in general.

Leslie has 27+ years experience in the paralegal and marketing careers. She has worked in the following areas of law: condemnation litigation, probate, estate planning, personal injury (catastrophic and medical malpractice), administrative law, franchise law, professional regulation, zoning, automobile dealership franchise law and business litigation. Leslie is the author of “Legal Break-In: How to Get That Legal Secretary, Legal Assistant or Paralegal Jobs!” (Amazon) and the creator of the very informative and career changing “Paralegal Inner Circle Class”. Get on the Wait List today – link is above!