Ahhh so it seems that the computer worm that silently attacked my Yahoo mail and have been sending suggestive links to all my contacts appears to have attacked the gang of gmail and and hotmail too.
Thanks to a nice friend, N. who sent me a link on IMMEDIATE next steps before I bomb his inbox with a few more blank emails … in case you’re encountering the same thing and like me, you dread to have to never use this email account because you have so much of activity/relationship/history/connections with it, here’s 2 immediate steps you should take when you start receiving failure notices and when contacts you’ve not emailed in a while start replying you and asking you what you’re trying to say…
1. Immediately change your password. (Password Rule of Thumb= should be at least 8 characters and contain letters, uppercase and lowercase, and numbers)
2. Change your Security Question and answer (this is how you can get access to your account if you ever forget your password).
The first rule of thumb is to never click on a link that you aren’t sure what it is for, who it came from, and why. If you are ever in doubt, just send an email to the person you got it from and ask them if they meant to send it to you and what it is about.
If you place your mouse over the link the link address should be displayed in the lower left hand corner of the web browser window (in web based email, i.e. Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail) If that address that is displayed in the lower left hand corner is not the same as the link in the email (i.e. Link= http://amazon.com/account, Displayed as http://www.xyz.ca) DO NOT CLICK ON IT.
To read more, here’s a good article N sent me in case you wanna read more about getting smart help.