Communicating with others is one of the basic needs of human beings. Every day millions of people across the globe use AOL Mail to connect with each other. It has become one of the major sources through which you can share anything with your friends, family, and business clients. An email header is available in the email which helps you to recognise who the sender of the email is.
Spoofing happens when this information is manipulated by some suspicious attackers. They make changes in the header of aol.com mail login account by making it look like the email has been sent via your email account. This method is used by hackers to steal sensitive data of their targets. The message is sent using a non-AOL server. In the “From” field of your AOL account, the attackers show your address to make others think it is sent by you and they potentially infect their accounts.
How to know if your AOL account has been spoofed?
Below given are the tell-tale signs which show your account is likely sending spoofed messages:
- You start receiving messages from unknown people.
- You start getting “mailer-daemon” messages which don’t resemble any messages sent by you.
How to keep your AOL account secure?
While there isn’t any way out to save yourself from this, you can always take preventive measures to make sure your account remains secure.
- You can visit AOL’s “Safety and Security” page in order to learn more about protecting your account and yourself online.
- You should change your passwords at regular intervals and try to make a strong password which can hardly be guessed by anybody.
- It is recommended that you set up a scan filter which will scan all the incoming messages.
- Use a priority inbox tool to allow AOL mail server to separate your important messages.
- Doing a little research about everything is a good idea. You should know how to read the message header and track the sender’s IP address.
- Avoid downloading attachments sent by unknown people. You should not open links sent to you via AOL mail even if you know the sender of the message.
- Before opening an attachment, you should first ask for clarification.
AOL’s take to prevent spoofing-
AOL has always taken the security of their customers as their priority. It has taken steps to stay ahead of this problem by updating the DMARC policy. This policy tells other emailing service providers to reject emails from AOL address sent from non-AOL servers. It also gives users the advantage to block spams by switching to AOL mail’s policy to reject such messages. If you suspect that your account has been spoofed you can visit help.aol.com page.