I know of more than a dozen email addresses that were hacked into since the beginning of the year. Most of them @bellsouth.net, @yahoo.com, @hotmail.com, @live.com, @gmail.com and @aol.com (since BellSouth uses Yahoo! they are really the same).

I wonder if people fully appreciate the fact that when someone hacks their email account they not only get to send spam to all of the address book, but they get to collect all of your address book. If you keep notes, or personal information in your address book that is at risk. If giving up all of your friends, family and associates personal emails isn’t bad enough they also have access to many other things. Have a Facebook account? Well, if they are in your email they can change your Facebook password, get access to your Amazon.com account, or other retailer.

Creating better passwords for your email is critically important for you and all of the people in your address book. Don’t be the next person to have a flood of email telling you you have been hacked. If you haven’t been hacked yet, it is only a matter of time.

Creating better passwords is not as difficult as you think. Have a look at these two previous articles for ideas and resources to help you build a strong password that is easy for you to remember:

https://www.brianhaines.com/2011/01/28/use-strong-passwords-please/

https://www.brianhaines.com/2011/10/31/secure-passwords/

Now that you know better, what will you do?

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