Has your email ever been hacked? Have you received emails from someone whose email was hacked? If you’ve ever had your email hacked you know the horrible feeling when you realize someone has been sending out emails from your account. You hope that no one is fooled by the bogus message, but you worry that your friends and colleagues will fall prey to the hacker’s bait.
A year ago, my email was hacked, prompting me to write Hack Attack! What to Do if Your Email is Hacked. Since then, that article has received the most traffic on this blog nearly every day.
People use different search terms to find the Hack Attack! article, but one particular email provider appears in searches far more frequently than any other. Every day, many people are searching about this one specific email provider getting hacked, while I rarely see other email providers being named in searches. This could be because of how search engines direct traffic to my blog or it may be because that email provider gets hacked much more than others.
The immense popularity of that search term has led me to wonder how widespread this problem is. Is one email provider more vulnerable to hacking than others? Is there an email provider less vulnerable to hacking?
While evil hackers will always try to attack email accounts, we should know whether there is an email provider who (for now) is a safe haven against these attacks. Please vote in today’s Wonder of Tech poll and let us know your experiences.
While the poll results aren’t scientific, I hope they will provide us with an insight as to how pervasive this problem is and if there are currently any safe havens from hacking. If one email provider is more vulnerable to hacking than the others, this poll could reveal that information as well. Be sure to check back later to see the results of the poll.
Last week I received the following email from a friend of mine whose email had been hacked:
Good Morning,I’m writing this with tears in my eyes My Family and I traveled on a trip to ManilaPhilippines,Unfortunately we were mugged at the park of the hotel where we stayed all cash,credit card and cell were stolen off us but luckily for us we still have our passports with us. We’ve been to the embassy and the Police here but they’re not helping issues at all and our flight leaves in less than 5hrs from now but we’re having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won’t let us leave until we settle the bills. We need your financial assistance to settle the hotel and we Promise to pay back as soon as we get back home. Am freaked out at the moment.
The email was fake, she wasn’t in the Philippines and her family wasn’t mugged. This email, and variations of it are common these days. Don’t be fooled and send money to a friend based on an email request unless you talk to the sender first and verify his identity.
Have you ever received a hacked email that fooled you? Have you ever clicked on a link or acted on a suspicious email message? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Hacker Detected image by eR0n22
** Hacker Stamp image by Joojoojoojoo