How many times have we seen some weird IM or email from someone that had some scammy links inside it to buy pills, get porn, or whatever the new trend is? Ever wonder how that happens or how you “got hacked?” Would it surprise you that they did it of your own free will?
Often there is no hacking involved. The individual simply gave the offending party their username and password. This is most often from some third party software that offers cool images, emoticons, coupons, or something else. It can also be from websites that want to invite your friends and asks you to “log in” to your email.
Never, ever, ever give your email and password to anyone. Software programs do not need it. You can invite your own friends. Some respected sites like Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and others might ask for it, but I still frown upon giving this information to anyone.
If you have ever done this, the fix is easy. Go to your email’s site and change your password. Even if you have never done it, chances are you have not changed your password in a long time, so why not take three minutes to increase your security. It sure beats having to explain to friends why you spammed them with links to porn sites.