Email can be a very personal medium, sometimes it’s quite exciting to see a message drop into your inbox from someone you haven’t spoken with in years. Are they getting back in touch because they suddenly remember what a cool guy you are? Perhaps they need advice and realised there’s only one man for the job?
But all too often, the actual reason turns out to be disappointing. They’ve been hacked and their account is now blurting out spam.
Since I started working for an email marketing company, I’ve grown wiser about to this issue. Therefore I use a combination of letters and numbers along with special characters etc in my password to make sure it’s unpredictable and as strong as possible.
Recently I’ve been getting a lot of spam from my friends. And the sad things is, you often feel like there’s really very little you can do about it to help. Put their email address in filter and will never get an email from them. Do nothing and get spammed. At the end of it all I’m left with the former option.
So it was great to see that Hotmail has recently launched a handy feature to help combat this phenomenon.
In its latest tweak, Hotmail includes the ability to flag an email with the message “this account has been hacked.” This naturally let’s them look into the problem in more detail and spot trends in compromises like this.
The first step to combatting any security threat is expanding your awareness of the problem and putting in place systems so that you can react as quickly and effectively as possible. This hits that nail on the head.
Thank you Hotmail for making the world a better place – let’s hope that the competition catches up with this innovation soon.