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Use this fast, free check to see if your email address is spreading spam

Email phishing started back in the ’90s, and it’s been downhill from there. Open up the junk folder in your in-box to see what I mean. Just don’t click anything.

Think you’re tech smart? What to do if your email has been hijacked

The haveIbeenEMOTET site doesn’t retain any information about your email address or domain that you input. It simply checks your info against the data it has in its database. It doesn’t use cookies to track you, either.

If your email address is in the haveIbeenEMOTET database, you need to take four steps right away.

  1. Scan your computer for malware. Be aware, though, that malware can interfere with your antivirus software, so you may have to boot up in Safe Mode and rerun the antivirus software if that happens. Need help finding a good antivirus program? Tap or click here to see a comparison of the popular options.
  2. Change your email password. Make sure you’re using unique, hard to crack passwords for all of your online accounts. Tap or click here for tips on creating stronger passwords.
  3. Check your email account to make sure your privacy and security settings are locked down. Tap or click here to secure your emails by tweaking a few settings.
  4. Back up your devices. You may have to wipe your devices, and you need a solid backup in place before you do. Tap or click here for the steps pros use, including the 3-2-1 rule.

STAY IN THE TECH KNOW. Catch my national radio show on over 400 stations across the USA. Tap or click here to see how to set up 2FA for your frequently used online accounts

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