A couple weeks ago I was composing an email to my dear buddy Chuck when I noticed something odd at the top of my message. In Gmail, I have three different email addresses – a personal one, one for my personal blog and one for DR101. I can differentiate what address I’m sending a message from, but on this particular day – the outgoing email in the message did not belong to me whatsoever – unless, of course, my name is Frank.
As it turns out, unbeknownst to me my personal email (but not my name) had been sending out “resume” emails to various people. I spent a panicked hour that morning changing every password that I could think of that might have been emailed to me at some point in the history of my Gmail accounts.
I’m not entirely sure how I could have prevented this, although I’ll be honest – my passwords probably leave a lot to be desired. If you know any of my nephews, my birthday or my favorite musician, you’ll have a good chance at hacking my password. (I dated a guy once who used obscure German battle terminology for his passwords – so glad I didn’t stick with him …)
Here’s a couple of articles that I read when I was trying to diagnose my hacking problem and what to do about this. Although this doesn’t have much to do with being frugal, the time and energy that I spent that morning when I discovered my account was hacked could have been easily averted if I would have taken a few safety precautions in regularly changing my email (and other) passwords.