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E-Mail Security

Hi everyone,
I have an old e-mail address that I occasionally use and I recently realized that potential "enemies" (a group of old friends that we had a huge fight with that could be potential threat in terms of revenge) knows about that e-mail address and I also used one of their wifi on my computer once and my e-mail was logged in. I would like to learn if this could be used against me to somehow hack my computer or something (them knowing my e-mail address and me having used their wifi once) Like I said I barely use that e-mail address. Its normally almost never logged in on my computer anymore I just log in like a couple times a year. Would that be a threat to open that e-mail address on my computer or download some photos I uploaded on there myself? Could they somehow manage to hack my computer just like that? (I never open unknown e-mails or links) Im sorry this is probably a very stupid question, I just want to learn more about potential security issues. Thank you all in advance!

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I'm going with

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"How could that be a threat today?"

Almost all email services today scan for some of the malware and you surely would not open attachments.

I'm going with "to hack your PC, you have to help them do it." (by opening a malicious attachment.)

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Thank you

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So theres no other way for them to access my computer? What about, if they knew (none of them do) my password to that email address that I occasionally log into on my computer, would they be able to access my computer that way somehow without me downloading or opening anything suspicious?

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Not how email works.

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The exploits so far require you to open or view the email. To avoid the VIEW EXPLOIT you can use some email app (Outlook, Thunderbird) and then disconnect from the Internet to view what you retrieved.

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If You Happen To Have Other Website Logins Using That Email

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... and the "enemies" know about those other websites, it could be possible to login to the other website using that email address, request a "forgot password" renewal of the password, and gain access to that website and access your profile there. But this could be done ONLY if they know the password to open your email account or have access to a personal phone number you set up on the site. (The new password would be set to your email or texted to your phone.) Some important sites such as phone companies, banks, and others use your email address as the login user name. If you've used that address for such logins, it's possible to gain access to your important information IF certain specifics are known by the "enemy".

But since you don't use that email address, why not contact the email company and have the account closed?

Hope this helps.

Grif

Post was last edited on October 14, 2018 6:17 PM PDT

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Well first of all even though you access

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email from your PC you actually accessing it on a email server on the internet. That server can be either your ISP or a 3rd party mail service like Google. Google uses an account that can be used to download apps and/or access to their email. They are good with security as they will email you if someone logs in with your account on a new computer or location. I added a VPN and because it assigned an IP address to me in Atlanta Goggle sent me an email saving someone logged in in the Atlanta area. Also Google will email you after a password change asking if it was you. The also text, email codes to verify you are you. If you have any worries that they know your email password on that account change it. Your email address is just an email address and more import is the account that goes with that email address.

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email

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The best is ProtonMail I guess.

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Agreed

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Not so much a direct answer to your topic, but I agree with Gary here, ProtonMail provides encrypted e-mail services, it would harder to obtain any information from this e-mail than from gmail or yahoo or other.

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