Well, you’re not alone. So have we here at ABC40, and they’re all coming from yahoo addresses. “Often it’ll happen as a result of a phishing scam. With a phishing scam you’ll get an email that reports to be your host. Yahoo, Gmail, whoever it is and it’ll say there’s a probably with your account, could you please click here, it’s not from them, it’s a trick, and they basically hijack your account,” said Go Geeks Computer Repair owner Stan Prager.
Along with his team, Prager spends countless hours dealing with customers who have gotten hit with spam. Another way that can happen as if you get an actual worm on your system, a worm is like a virus, an infection, it’ll actually take out your address book and shoot out emails like an infection,” he added.
This can also happen simply if your account gets hacked.
In other words, you don’t have to do anything. Hackers managed to guess your password.
That means you should make it simple enough for you to remember, but complex enough so that others can’t get into your accounts.
Another helpful tip? Never click unsubscribe in a spam email. “You’re going to validate your email. You’re going to tell the bad guys that you’re for real, and you’re going to receive thousands of spam emails forever. There’s no way to undo it,” Prager stated.
Don’t worry, it’s not dangerous to unsubscribe from legit emails from companies.
Prager notes that Yahoo, AOL, and Hotmail accounts are the most likely to be compromised.
While he states that Gmail is the most secure, it’s not iron-clad.
If you have any doubt, he suggests changing your password, and use “BCC” when forwarding emails so your friends don’t get spammed either.
Prager says that you don’t see spam coming from Gmail accounts as often because there are a lot more security measures to bypass, so they can ensure you’re a real person.