Posted on January 06th, 2012 in Personal and Small Business Security
Some of you may ask why would the Bad Guys really want my email account.
The following are some examples:
SPAM…”I don’t want any SPAM!”: A valid email address is one of the most effective ways of sending out SPAM. If Bad Guys have access to an email account, they can use it to further spread SPAM like “viagra” or “pharma”, gambling, or money-mule scams. Within a valid email address a Bad Guy also has a number of known contacts and received emails to build his continuously growing list of SPAM recipients.
How many of you have set your Facebook password to the same as your email address password? Based on the latest security headlines, most people continue the bad password practice of using the same password for every website where they have accounts. Once someone steals a Facebook account it will take the Bad Guys seconds to steal the registered email address for that Facebook account if the password is the same. Several friends of LockerVault have run into this issue and these friends are told the same thing… Never use the same password in Facebook as you have set for your email account.
Rule of Thumb:
Use different passwords for different website logins. If one website such as your email is hacked or compromised, Bad Guys will not be able to quickly get into your other website logins such as Facebook.