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Fake Emails Try To Get Your Information

Spammers, scammers and hackers will try anything to get you to give up your personal information. If they can get a hold of your email username and password, they can then get access to a lot more. Many people have accounts setup that use their email address for signing in or confirming who you are. If someone gets a hold of your email address and password, then they can get access to anything from your Facebook page to your bank accounts. They can also use your account to send out spam. That can get your email account suspended or cancelled by your email provider, and result in possible cleanup costs caused by the spam that was sent from your account.

One of the common ways someone may try to get a hold of your account details is by sending our emails that are designed to look like they came from your email provider, telling you to send in your username and password in order to keep your account active or some other excuse. If you fall for that and send in that information, as many people do, then your account and anything associated with it, is open to the spammer. They can pretend to be anyone at all, whether it is a gmail account, or even an account hosted by us as ISOCNET. In fact, we see these kind of attempts almost on a daily basis. Just about all of these attempts end up in the Quarantine folder, which is another clue as to the authenticity of the email, but we've had people still respond to these emails nonetheless.

Don't be fooled! ISOCNET will never send out emails asking for your email address and password. If you receive something that looks like it might be okay but you aren't quite sure, check with us first.

Having weak, easily guessed passwords is also not much better than sending someone your password. If your password is the word "password" or is the same as your username, or is something like "12345" or one of many other extremely commonly used passwords, then you should change it right away. Check out our Password Guide for things to avoid when choosing a password. When it comes to email and really all of your private information, security is only ever as good as your weakest password.

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