Steve Dotto here. How the heck are you this
fine day? Me? I’m feeling somewhat concerned because there is a phishing attack which you
might call a virus going around infecting the Google community, especially the Gmail
community. I’ve seen it. In fact, for friends in the past several days, you might have received
an email that says, “You have offline messages from me” or quotes from, interestingly enough,
Harry Potter. It’s a problem. Accounts are being hacked and we have the solution today
on DottoTech. There’s a nasty little piece of hacking
going on the internet which, surprisingly enough, I don’t see too many comments on
in the conversation threads. But I have seen it affect several friends of mine in the past
few days so I thought I would share with you exactly what’s happening. What happens is
basically you are going to receive an email. It seems to be only affecting people on Gmail
at this point. You’re going to receive an email and it’s going to look like one of
these emails. It’s going to look, “You might have received some offline messages
from me. Read them now.” So basically, if you read and click on the
link of this particular email you become part of the problem instead of becoming part of
the solution because somehow, somebody is now managing to hack your account and start
to be able to send emails from your account. Nasty business. We don’t know what else
they’re doing, or at least I certainly don’t know what they’re doing at this point, but
you don’t want people poking around inside of your Gmail account.
So what do you do about this particular attack? By the way, there will be a string. You can
tell if people are infected because there’s a string of emails including quotes from Harry
Potter coming down the pipe. Well, I do appreciate Harry Potter. I don’t necessarily want poorly
written Harry Potter quotes in my email. So here’s what we do about it.
The first thing you need to do is change your Gmail password, your Google password. You’ve
got to go in and change it. Change it to something cryptic, something difficult. If you want
some advice on things to do around password management and making sure your password is
a little less easily hackable, then it is obviously was if you were hacked, then check
out our video on LastPass. It’s the service that I like to use. It’s a password manager.
There are other ones but come up with a good and difficult password and change your Gmail
password. And of course you should change it fairly regularly as well as you go down
stream. The second thing that you’re going to have
to do is you’re going to have to verify that account. Typically what will happen is
I have a link to the document in the show notes beneath but if you go and you basically
just put in your telephone number of your cellphone, they will send you a verification
code and then you respond back which will verify your account. Now speaking to some
of my friends who have cleaned this system up, they’ve received several verification
texts following the original. So somebody is still trying to get access to their account.
Ignore those other verification texts. Just respond to the first one that you create and
generate. That’s the next thing you have to do.
Then if you want to avoid problems in the future, even with a good password, you might
consider stepping up your level of security and installing two-step verification. It’s
a process where every time you log into your account, you actually need kind of a second
opinion on the fact that you are you. What happens is as you sign in, a code is sent
to your cellphone and you use that code to log in as well as your password. It’s called
two-step authentication or two-step verification. If you click on the link above the video,
I have a video on that and you can walk through that process. It works really well. It’s
free. It does require an extra step as you’re logging into your accounts but your accounts
become that much more secure. The next thing that you can do as well is
flag all of the emails that you’ve received here in your email inbox from people who are
infected. Flag them as spam so Google starts to recognize that that text and that content
is spam and it starts to go into spam filters and less people get infected by it. That is
something you can do for everybody. So bottom line is if you see this happening, follow
this process. Flag it as spam. If you have been hacked, change your password. Even if
you haven’t been hacked, maybe this is a call to action. Change your password now.
It’s a good thing to do on a regular basis. Check out our LastPass video or come up with
a good password manager. Consider two-step authentication and verify your Google account.
Sorry, we had to do this email today. It’s going to be a pain in the butt for a lot people,
embarrassing and who knows what damage it could be causing downstream. We don’t know
what information is being stolen or what information is being accessed because people have access
to these accounts but it is obviously something that should be a concern to us all. So please
be safe out there, folks. It’s a jungle online.
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