those emails earlier today. I know many of us have secondary emails and keep our real ones for trusted friends.
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I am no different. I have several emails which I use for different purposes. I have Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail and also my personal email. Most emails from these providers keep your information in their "cloud" so somehow somebody got inside my Yahoo cloud and sent automatic spam to a few people using the contacts in my address book, which is also in their cloud. I like the idea of having access to email addresses which previously were only accessible on your home computer, which you keep at home but obviously your information isn't very secure as you have no control over the security of your private information
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I think my own computer is safe enough as I have security software and I am careful which sites I venture to but I can't say the same for Yahoo or Hotmail. I know this security breach only affected my Yahoo account as I can tell from which addresses the spam was directed to. Recently I posted a link to my Yahoo email address so my followers could contact me but I never send email from yahoo. All replies are sent from my personal (real) email address
Gmail is the only email provider which can capture and redirect/forward emails from other providers so I use this for backup. It is automatic and I don't have to do anything except to go and delete the duplicates from time to time. For example recently I was forced to use Windows Live mail and I set my properties to "delete" copy from server. This means that the emails downloaded to my laptop are no longer accessible from an internet connection. If I need to access an email when I am not home all I do is log into Gmail and the duplicate should be there.
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I should have known that something was wrong when I received an email from myself and I knew better than to "click" on it and I guess that's how the bug got in. Later I received over 30 emails on my Yahoo account with a delivery failure error.
Then I started to get emails from various friends asking what was going on
So if you happen to get one of these emails, it wasn't from me. I did not knowingly send them and I am sorry for the inconvenience. Just make sure you don't "click" nor "open" them. They will come from Yahoo and I do not use yahoo to send emails. I only use Yahoo to receive emails
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