August 24 2015 Editor Assistance Newsletter
A spammer guessed at one of our editor's email accounts and began sending spam out through our system. This of course then impacts our entire system, because BellaOnline gets flagged as a "known spammer" and all our email gets blocked.
I've temporarily disabled that email address, changed the password, and am working with SpamCop and the other sites to clear our good name.
This is just a reminder to please make sure your password is reasonably complicated :). Make sure it's not something simple or easy to guess. Our logon systems do lock people out after making too many incorrect guesses, but it does mean if the spammer guesses the password quickly (or if an editor uses the same password in a bunch of places and the spammer gets the password from another site) that all of us are then vulnerable. All of our newsletters and messages get blocked as a result.
If you get any block-bounces from mailings over the next week please just ignore them as we sort this out.
Let me know if you have any questions - I'm happy to help out!
Lisa Shea, owner
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