How to tell if my email has been hacked

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How to tell if my email has been hacked
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E-mail accounts often contain very sensitive information, and this makes them a prime target for hackers. If you are afraid that someone might be reading your personal e-mail, you can perform a simple test to find out.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Set up a new e-mail account.

  2. 2

    Create an account at sitemeter.com, a free counter and statistics tracker.

  3. 3

    Compose an e-mail with the new e-mail account that contains an enticing subject line but don't send it.

  4. 4

    Log into your Sitemeter.com account and copy the html code provided there.

  5. 5

    Paste the code into the bottom of your e-mail. This code allows Sitemeter to monitor how many times the email has been accessed.

  6. 6

    Send this e-mail to the email account that you think has been hacked.

  7. 7

    Check your account at Sitemeter periodically to see if anyone has read the email.

Tips and warnings

  • This method will not work if the person reading your e-mails has images turned off on their web browser.

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