Yahoo Mail Versus GMail - Which One Will Guard You Against A Phisher?
Aug 8, 2010
I have both Gmail and Yahoo E-mail accounts; I use them both for different types of mail, depending on general and personal preferences. This was my experience and wish to share this information with you; this could be very important to you!!
Being a victim can either mean you have clicked on a link and have been drawn to a site that will ruin you, financially for instance, or being a victim means someone has used your email address to try and get others to be the victim. My case is the latter.
I sell designs on online stores, and months ago I joined a great store and also their Yahoo Group. As I was checking my Yahoo mail one day, I was reading an ongoing message from my new Yahoo Group where they mentioned they had received an odd email from me, and the owner of the Group said "I know Brenda would never send this on purpose" - I was wondering at this point what was going on, and wrote the owner. The Group, and every other contact I had on my Yahoo mail account, received an email from me about Viagra. Please keep in mind also that some of these horrible emails can contain a link that if you click on it, this can cause a virus on your computer; not to mention that link could direct you to phony site that will eventually end up ruining your finances; (I have no finances to ruin, but still...) 2 of the main reasons you don't want to receive these mails! I was horrified as I definitely did not send this and was not even aware it had been sent! The group owner sent me the mail she received, and sure enough, it was about Viagra; I saw the contents of the mail and everyone on my contact list that it was sent to. Keep in mind, some of these contacts are not just my friends, but other prominent store owners that I purchase products from for my designs. I contacted Yahoo, and they "suggested" that I change my password. Period.
Last night, I went on my Gmail account to check my mail, I had to sign in, and it said there was suspicious activity on my account. I had to verify my account, they sent me a verification code to my cell phone immediately, and once I entered that, I was "required" to change my password. I changed it, but Gmail said it was not strong enough and refused it. I changed it again, and they confirmed it was a good password to use. Once I got on my mail, I immediately saw where a mail was never delivered to these certain addresses; these addresses were all of my Gmail contacts. I saw where the email was sent from "me" about a Pfifer Pharmacy product - I'm going to assume it was another Viagra or something like that. Then when I got on my Spam, the first in the list was quoted as being from ME and that DELIVERY HAD FAILED TO THESE ADDRESSES. I opened the spam mail and there were several links to Gmail help to click on in order to get more information on why I had received this and what I could do about it. It even had a link to where I could report this.
Here is a breakdown of the difference between Yahoo and Gmail:
*I was not even aware I had been a victim until I read the ongoing conversation between the members of the store's Yahoo Group; had it not been for that, I would have never known!
*I was told by Yahoo it may be a "good idea" to change my password......
*But I was not told this until I had to research under Yahoo Help.
*I had to send an email to all of my contacts to explain to them what had happened; I knew my friends would understand, but some were business contacts for heaven's sakes!
*I was notified of SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY as soon as I logged into my account.
*I was required to verify that I was the owner of my Gmail account.
*They sent a verification code to my cell phone immediately.
*I could go no further until I typed in this verification code.
*I was required to change my password right away.
*They rejected my first password attempt, as this was not a safe or strong enough password.
*Second password attempt was acceptable, as it was stronger for my own safety.
*Delivery failed to all my contacts with this suspicious email from the Pfifer Company; no one received it because Gmail stopped it cold!
*Spam mailbox sent me notification that this had occurred - links were available from Gmail to make me understand what had happened, how Gmail works continuously to protect their subscribers, how to prevent it from happening again, and how to report it.
*I didn't have to send an "apology" email to my contacts, because Gmail prevented this email from even being delivered.
*I didn't have to worry that someone may click on a link in the mail that could cause a virus on their computer.
Now, you tell me which mail is the best?!?! I am confident that Gmail works to prevent a phishing attempt. All email companies can promise you protection when you first sign up, but promising and actually delivering that promise are two different things. Some email providers will even try to get you to upgrade and pay for extra protection! Gmailwent above and beyond in my opinion. Maybe you have never been a victim, and think this is not a very important issue, but believe me, it's not a minor matter. Your reputation could be at stake, especially if you have contacts that are business related, not to mention that these horrible spam mails can cause a virus on someone's computer.
I will never understand or figure out how someone can hack or be a phisher; I'm not that computer savvy thank God, but it does happen and being a victim twice, I never want it to happen again. I hope this review can help some of you; please choose carefully when it comes to an email service!
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