On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 3:24 PM, Rugxulo <rugx...@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 5:22 AM, Mark Brown <eufdp...@yahoo.com> wrote:
>> my account has been compromised, please watch out for false content!
> I think a lot of Yahoo! accounts got hacked recently. Dunno more

They did.

> beyond that, sorry. I got actual spam from two real friends / people /
> correspondents within 24 hours a few weeks ago, so I immediately
> contacted both of them to warn them.

I got spam from Yahoo account holding friends, too.

> Sad, really, that we live in such a cruel world. I suggest changing
> your password (if not already) and/or creating another email account
> with a different provider (e.g. Gmail). Not foolproof but better than
> nothing.

I have a Yahoo account, but it's essentially unused.  I use GMail as
my primary email account, and it polls various others so all mail
appears in my GMail Inbox.  (GMail is set so that replies I make to
mail harvested from other accounts appears to come *from* those
accounts.)  The Yahoo account exists solely for the occasion when I
need to send an executable as an attachment, which GMail has forbidden
from its inception as a security measure.  (There are ways around it,
but they are a PITA for both sides.)

GMail is fanatically anti-spam, and has changed the way I think about
it.  I no longer *care*, because I almost never see it.  GMail has the
best spam filters I've seen, and perhaps one spam message every two
weeks hits my Inbox.  Click Report Spam, and I don't see it *again*.
I prefer the web interface, so while I *could* set GMail to deliver
via POP and read it locally, I don't bother.  I don't need a local
copy of 99.9% of the mail I get, and if I need one it's trivial to
get.  GMail also implements viewers for most common file types, so I
can look at attachments online without having to download them.  This
is another security feature, as email attachments are the single
biggest vector for viruses.  The attachments generally live on
Google's servers, and never reach my machine.

And GMail's two-phase authentication makes it unlikely that account
will be hacked.

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