4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 19, 2014 12:17 PM by dianeoforegon
mgs929 Level 1 (0 points)



My wife's AOL account just got hacked and, of course, they used her AOL address book to send out spam to everyone she knows. Is there a way to keep AOL and for that matter Google e-mail accounts from storing addresses of sent e-mail and only rely on the mac's Contacts as a source of addresses. I have been to both and it seems that no matter what I do, they store the addresses. Thanks for the help -

MacBook Air, OS X Mavericks (10.9)
  • dianeoforegon Level 5 (4,685 points)

    Change the password to the account. This will stop them from using the account to send spam.


    I don't have an AOL account to check but in Gmail, go to Settings > General

    Select I'll add contacts myself.


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    TIP: Never use the same password for another account. That way if your email and password are stolen they can only hack that one account.

  • Eric Root Level 9 (50,378 points)

    You might be able to set that at the web site via a browser.

  • mgs929 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the information. We have reset the password numerous times and have contacted AOL tech support on three occassions. The problem is that if a hacker uses her screenname and password to open a session, as long as they keep the session open changing the password doesn't do anything. So far that seems to be the case. Thanks again for the help.

  • dianeoforegon Level 5 (4,685 points)

    In this case, I would close the account. Notify your contacts not to use that address and give them your preferred new email.