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November 14, 2012 at 10:53 am #13222
Advice appreciated – my hosted email server has been sending out hundreds of spam emails daily (I noticed since I am getting hundreds of “refused delivery” emails. My support guy says the server was compromised and he changed the password.
The coincidence is that this has only happened since I added this email account to the Nexus Email!! – 3 days ago.
I use relatively few apps – all mainstrean (I think!)
Can my Nexus have been compromised, and if so how do I protec t it?
I did install “lookout” app for a few days, then uninstalled
DNovember 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm #13263
It does sound like a bit too much of a coincidence; what app did you set your email up with?November 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm #13267
I used the pre-installed email 4.1November 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm #13278
Have you installed any other apps? What has been known to happen is that you might install a dodgy app and grant it permission to view personal data on your Nexus, for example your email address. It can then report that information back. Typically this kind of scam app has been used to harvest email addresses and phone numbers from unsuspecting users. I doubt the Android security controls would allow the password to be captured though – but I’m no expert.
If you’ve just entered details into the stock email app then it seems very unlikely to be the problem, android apps run in there own sandbox environments and any information passed between them will be controlled by Android. I think we can be happy that the stock app isn’t doing anything dodgy, it would be a monumental scandal if it was!
I would definitely install some kind of security app, there are a few to chose from such as AVG and I use Zoner AntiVirus free.
Sadly I think these things happen regularly, my webhost has been compromised a couple of times and the amount of spam this site gets is crazy (2000 spam posts to this forum a day – thankfully the spam protection catches most).November 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm #13287
Thanks for advice Jez – I will try Zoner. Looking at my apps (no games etc) they all seem to be mainstream (big companies, UK newspapers, bbc, etc) the only non-mainstream are android music player, wifi analyzer, camera launcher for nexus 7, cloud print, hearing test).
I have “permission dog” installed which shows red on kindle, firefox beta, skype, only.
Have changed passwords on all mail accountsNovember 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm #13338
Yep, definitely install some sort of well-reviewed security program. I’ve not heard of Zoner, but it looks fine. I use AVG myself.
Regarding email compromises though, I had something similar happen to me last year – I installed Mercury Messenger to use with my Windows Live/MSN/Hotmail/Whatever account (which currently has an average 4.4 rating with over 50,000 reviews) and a week or so after installing it, I could no longer log in to my windows live account. Not saying that Mercury Messenger caused it, but it was quite a coincidence.March 11, 2013 at 6:05 am #25810
I configured my yahoo email on the Nexus 4 phone through the stock app and since yesterday this ID has been sending out spam email to my contacts. I too have standard apps installed on my phone. The OS is 4.4.2 (which recently got updated btw). I had lookout on my phone installed already when this happened.
Apps downloded include Tango, 3D Bowling and SIM contacts.
Do I need an additional anti-virus?