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ALERT: Suspicious Emails & Protecting Yourself

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  • Susan Leiby
    Good morning all! It seems that several peoples email accounts have been hacked lately. That is why several email lists have gotten suspicious emails in the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 8, 2013
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      Good morning all!

       

      It seems that several peoples’ email accounts have been hacked lately.  That is why several email lists have gotten suspicious emails in the past few days.  Note that no email list information has been compromised.  It is just individual’s emails that have been hacked.

       

      Here are a few tips for protecting yourself:

       

      1.        Be on the alert for emails with the following characteristics:

      a.       No subject.

      b.      Body contains ONLY an internet link.  DON’T CLICK ON THE LINK!

      2.       Change your passwords frequently (not just email, but facebook, banking, and anywhere else you have online accounts).

      3.       Include uppercase and “special” characters in your password.  Word123? Is much more secure than word123

      4.       Avoid using any of the most common passwords.  Below is a list of the most common passwords from 2012 (from CNET):

      a.     password

      b.    123456

      c.     12345678

      d.    1234

      e.    qwerty

      f.      12345

      g.    dragon

      h.    **removed – bad word**

      i.      baseball

      j.      football

      k.     letmein

      l.      monkey

      m.   696969

      n.    abc123

      o.    mustang

      p.    michael

      q.    shadow

      r.     master

      s.     jennifer

      t.     111111

      u.    2000

      v.     jordan

      w.    superman

      x.     harley

      y.     1234567

      5.       Remember, it can happen to anyone. 

       

      Susan Leiby

      South Carolina Autism Society

      Special Events Coordinator, Strides for Autism

      Project Coordinator, All Are Welcome Grant

       

       

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