A few times now, I've received emails from contacts with subjects along the lines of "hi!" and message bodies of only a link to some website. I've checked the ip of the sender of these emails, and it's always a verified sender from their email provider. My assumption here is that something found their password and is using it to log in and send emails from their email provider.
I have always assumed my passwords are secure and that, were emails to be sent from my address, I would see them in the "sent" folder. I hadn't put much thought into that idea, so it only occurred to me today that the spambot could just delete the email from the sent folder.
How do I know if my email account's password has been compromised and is being used to send spam emails?