With spammers, hacking, hi-jacking accounts and identity theft you have to start taking control and look for tools that can help you protect yourself.
One such tool is Google alerts . This will help keep a background check of your identity. This is also a great tool to deliver articles of interest directly to your email.
Here is how you set an alert. You will require a Google account, but in most instances can use your regular email address.
Visit Google Alerts. In the Alerts toolbox enter your name. Select how often you wish to receive an email and complete the other options or leave them as default.
Google alerts you when your name appears on any article, so you can quickly find out if your account has been hi-jacked.
It is also a great feature to check the circulation of your tweets and other social media platforms.