Duane Gundrum

Duane Gundrum
Location
Grand Rapids, Michigan,
Birthday
February 12
Bio
Writer, professor (did his Phd work in political science and holds another graduate degree in communication), former computer game designer, previously a counterintelligence agent, and currently an all around strange person. Author of 13 novels of all different types. Lives a life that is sadly in the shadow of a room full of stuffed animals who have a lot more Facebook friends than he does. Writes a lot of humor, even if his mommy is the only one who says he's funny. Also the creator of the comic strip, The Adventures of Stickman and the Unemployed Legospaceman. *********************************** My first book, Innocent Until Proven Guilty, is now on Amazon in the Kindle store. See the link as part of my links below. *********************************** If you're interested in my science fiction novel, Thompson's Bounty, the link for it is at the bottom of my profile, under Professional Writing. The link is for the Kindle version, but the paperback version is also available on Amazon. ************************************ My blog can now be subscribed to on Amazon. See my links below. ************************************ If you want to friend me on facebook, feel free to send me an invite to www.facebook.com/duane.gundrum ********************************* For twitter, follow me at DuaneGundrum.

JANUARY 17, 2011 7:31PM

When Someone Steals Your Email

Rate: 6 Flag

My email was compromised today. Not really sure how it happened, but out of the blue I started receiving tons of rejected emails that were all part of some spam from China. I did the usual, changing my email password and all that. But somehow, someone got into my account, accessed my contacts list and then spammed everyone I've ever known with rude, obnoxious emails designed to take over their computers. And it all came from me. Oh, joy.

The thing is: I don't really care all that much for my email account. Sure, it's one of a few I have, and I use it religiously. But to be honest, it doesn't really mean that much to me. The bigger problem is that people I know, or used to know, are all getting tons of spam mail from me because they were once known to email me in the past. Some of them aren't even friends anymore, but there's nothing I can do about it.

But I've had this email address for about as many years as Yahoo has been around. Yeah, I know, the second I mentioned it was Yahoo, a whole bunch of people immediately went to their "respond" button to critique me on my choice of email. But let's be honest. There really aren't all that many choices for email that are really that much better these days.

There's gmail, of which I have an account. But they're also known to arbitrarily just close your account and shut you down for no apparent reason. Not a good situation to be in when you do somewhat rely on email for daily contact with people and businesses.

There's MSN, but I've never liked anything that has the name Microsoft in it, even if it's just an abbreviation that has the name in it. I used the Microsoft Network back in the ancient days of the Internet, and it really sucked. I've never had a lot of faith in that company to really do anything better than the bad job they were doing years ago. Sure, they can make an operating system and a word processor, but I'll just leave them at that.

I have an email address that is tied to my domain, but to be honest, I've never been able to configure it properly. My email readers constantly shut down whenever I use it, so even though I have dedicated email addresses, they're about as useless as a car with square wheels.

But someone broke into my email account today and spammed everyone I've ever known, just because they could. I don't know if the person who did it hated me, never met me, or is some kind of Terminator who is moving onto Stage 2 of the acquisition of Skynet, which for some reason Stage 1 involves the compromising of my email account.

What's really happened here is that I've had to go through and change a whole bunch of passwords and connections that were already configured for simplicity. And that sucks. It's not like my email is important, or even those friends were significant in any way, other than being my friends. Yet, someone somewhere felt the need to be an asshole and ruin my day.

It wouldn't be so bad if I wasn't so sick lately, making it difficult for me to pretty much get anything accomplished. Sometimes, you end up really relying on something as simple as an email account because it's sometimes all you got.

I hate people sometimes.

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Duane.. this is happening with so many Yahoo accounts now it is scary,
Rated with hugs
Yeah, but this is MY email account. That makes it MORE important. :)
Hope you are feeling better, Duane. If you like, I can give you a method to safeguard your Gmail. Give me a shout after you feel better if I can help.
This has happened to me so many times, I don't do emailing anymore. Smoke signals are so much more reliable.
Typical hacker stuff. Some people got nothing better to do.
"which for some reason Stage 1 involves the compromising of my email account."

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