by Mary C. Long
One of my gmail accounts that I hardly use started sending "business opportunity" emails yesterday (with a different 'reply to' address) and some of them got kicked back as spam. If they hadn't been kicked back though, I never would've known this was happening.
It's annoying and it could have tricked folks who thought the note was from me (if it had been written properly, which it wasn't.)
But many spam emails ARE convincing - and this same thing can happen to you. And beyond your contacts falling for it, which many could, there's a LOT more at stake - and there's a pretty simple way to protect yourself.
If you use gmail, you should enable two-step verification. It sends a code to your phone when you log in, so you'll need your password AND the code. Hackproof! (Not really, but much better.)
Why didn't I use it before? It wasn't iPhone friendly (or so I thought, I was probably just too impatient to sort it out). There's a handy "Authenticator" app that can generate your codes and it only takes a few minutes to set up. (You'll learn all about it when you get there.)
But what were these other consequences I alluded to? Boom:
Scared yet? Wondering if someone is in your gmail right now from another location? Go to the bottom of your inbox and click "details." And you'll see just that:
And then you can sign those suckers out of your account and change your password SUPERFAST. And then you should probably take my advice and start two steppin' girl.
Other questions? Hit me.