Here’s the email I just got this evening from Home Depot. Like I didn’t already have enough problems with my credit card info being stolen. Sure, you could just create a new email and start fresh, but no one wants to do that.
Here are three easy things you can do to help after your email gets taken by hackers.
Change your password. Use a good one – not Pa$$w0rd123 either. They have your account info, identifying info and email address. If your password isn’t secure it will be easy to hack & we don’t want that. It’s not a bad idea to change all your passwords on a regular basis either.
Check out your spam filters with your email provider. Most can be customized and made stronger with just a few clicks. Here’s some links on two of the more popular email providers.
It’s easy to do and will help decrease or even eliminate the amount of spam that hits your email.
Don’t respond to email spam. It’s tempting to open up the email and find the unsubscribe button. If it’s not from a legitimate site that you signed up to get emails from, AND know you want to unsubscribe – don’t do it. A spammer can see that you opened the email, confirming it is real. Also, if you unsubscribe, indeed a real person is behind the button.
So if the email gets through your beefed up spam filters – just mark it as spam and trash it. Home Depot isn’t the first to be compromised and definitely won’t be the last.
Have you ever been a victim of someone stealing your email address? I know I have, thanks Home Depot!