1. dblaneyfan's Avatar
    I have noticed a recent spate of Yahoo and Hotmail email hacks lately among friends and relatives, and today my account was hacked. I keep one of my other email addresses in the contacts so that I would know if it ever happened to me.

    I have now ported all contacts from my five accounts to my phone synced w/gmail, with a mobile security app acting as a back-up.

    Just wondering how effective or safe this might be. Any thoughts on possible con's with this approach? I would love to have my contacts as phone-only, unsynced, but I realize the possibility of my phone being dead or destroyed would put me in a bad position.

    Another question I have, is there any way to limit access to my email account to IP's located in the U.S. only (or North America at the very least)? I know this can be easily worked around by hackers with an intent, but most of this crap is originating oversea's, and so far it has been phishing for money (Help, I was robbed in Spain!) or sending links to porn.


    02-17-2012 10:50 AM
  2. PvilleComp's Avatar
    The easiest way is to make sure that you set your Gmail to only use HTTPS and not HTTP. Many of these "hacks" are being done by sniffing clear text passwords in simple HTTP logins. By using HTTPS only you login is encrypted. You can find the option in the Gmail settings on the website, they are not in the settings of the gmail app.

    Good luck.
    02-18-2012 08:01 PM
  3. Rukbat's Avatar
    You can back up your contacts, then put that backup file on any cloud storage - Dropbox, Sugar Sync, etc. As far as limiting access, that's a server thing, and unless you own Google, you can't control access to GMail servers.
    02-18-2012 10:58 PM