Simple Trick to Know Immediately if Your Email Gets Compromised

Simple Trick to Know Immediately if Your Email Gets Compromised

Taryn Williford
Jun 18, 2012

Bad email can happen to good people. Even a careful, tech-savvy person like yourself could unwittingly click on a malicious link or have their one-fits-all password compromised to hackers. So try this one-time 30-second strategy to stay on top of email account spammers (no matter which service you use).

Have you ever gotten a muddled email from a friend or family member linking you to pills or porn or somehing else you know they'd never send? It's easy for you to see that their account was compromised. But they won't know until some kind soul in their address book replies.

Luckily, there's an easy trick to make sure you're immediately informed if a spam bot starts to send emails from your account. From Reddit user overzealous_dentist:

Always have a fake email address in your contact list; if a bot starts sending out spam as you, you'll get an Undeliverable Email notice.

The easiest way to create a fake, undeliverable email is to make the contact address' email domain a string of nonsensical numbers. Something like fakey@4cbj& The bot will try to send an email to this address, but you'll nearly immediately get an email alert back in your inbox saying it wasn't able to send a message to Mr. Fakey.

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