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Email Hacked? 7 Things You Need to do NOW
It seems like not a day goes by where I don't get a question from someone that boils down to their email account having been hacked.
Someone, somewhere has gained access to their account and has started using it to send spam. Sometimes passwords are changed, sometimes not. Sometimes traces are left, sometimes not. Sometimes everything in the account is erased, both contacts and saved email, and sometimes not.
But the one thing that all of these events share is that suddenly several people, usually those on your contact list, start getting email from "you" that you didn't send at all.
Your email account has been hacked.
Here's what you need to do next...
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Hacked? 7 Things You Need to do NOW
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Answercast #23 - Double disk drives, partition madness, missing passwords, dropping a hard drive, student coders and more...
Is it possible to squeeze two disks into one, or backup a larger partition into a smaller one? Is there any hope after dropping a hard drive? What should you do if Outlook Express calls and much more.
Answercast #23 - Double disk drives, partition madness, missing passwords,
dropping a hard drive, student coders and more...
Should I let my son just focus on coding in school?
Coding is not just about coding. To function well in the work world, a student also needs to learn the many other skills taught at school. Yes, there are a few things I would have done differently.
Continue reading: Should I let my son just focus on coding in school?
Can I combine two hard disk drives into a single logical
It is possible, but the result has a hidden danger to consider. In this case, it's best to go with the supported option.
Continue reading: Can I combine two hard disk drives into a single logical drive?
Do I need updated drivers for my camera that stopped working after
installing Windows 7?
This sounds like a driver problem. Pre-installed Windows comes with drivers for all the equipment on your machine; an upgrade often may not.
Continue reading: Do I need updated drivers for my camera that stopped working after installing Windows 7?
How do I restore my passwords after replacing my
A motherboard does not remember passwords. Missing passwords must be caused by something else that happened while you switched the motherboard out.
Continue reading: How do I restore my passwords after replacing my motherboard?
How can I hook up my desktop computer in my basement wirelessly to a
router on a floor above?
Hooking into a wireless from a basement apartment can be tricky depending on construction of the house and distance from the router. You also need the right equipment.
Continue reading: How can I hook up my desktop computer in my basement wirelessly to a router on a floor above?
Someone from Outlook Express offered to clean my machine, should I
Outlook Express is a program, it can't pick up the phone and give you a call! Find out why I think this is a scam.
Continue reading: Someone from Outlook Express offered to clean my machine, should I let them?
Can I restore a backup to a partition smaller than it was when
Depending on the way your imaging software is written this could be a difficult to impossible task. There are a couple of hoops you may have to jump through to get it to work. But that's not the real problem!
Continue reading: Can I restore a backup to a partition smaller than it was when backed up?
I dropped my external hard disk, how do I recover the
Backed up means your data is in more than one place... then a broken drive won't matter as much. There are a few options to try.
Continue reading: I dropped my external hard disk, how do I recover the data?
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*** Last Issue's Articles
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- Can I copy a bootable DVD to my hard disk to burn again later?
- How can I get rid of Ask.com?
- Why do all my programs crash with "stopped working"?
- Can I open Outlook PST files read-only?
- How do I login to my old Hotmail account after I create a new one?
- Will a dual core processor run single-threaded programs?
- Why am I only sometimes getting newsletters I signed up for? Is there a subscription limit?
- How do I test my backups to DVD?
- Answercast #22 - One monitor with two computers, deleted drivers, Hotmail disappearing act, registry madness and more...
- How do I test my backup to make sure it will work when I need it?
*** Word o' the Week
Hack has two distinct, and as it turns out, opposite meanings.
A hack was originally a clever or unique way of solving a particularly complex computer problem. Typically a hack is an inelegant shortcut that might elicit the comment "it's not pretty, but it works".
Hack has, more recently, come to be seen as an general term for breaking into protected computing resources via technical means.
It makes some small amount of sense that the second definition might follow from the first, since break-in attempts are often inelegant and crafty shortcuts - hacks - that bypass or compromise the target's design.
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