Email has become an essential communication tool. It's also a juicy target for hackers. Gaining access to your email account gives them more than just information about you; it also potentially gives them control over just about any site you have login credentials for. Let's say you want to access your bank account to check your balance. But you forgot your password and you didn't write it down anywhere (which is a very good thing). So, you click the "recover password" link. In most cases, an email is sent to the email address they have on file with information that lets you get into your account, usually by providing a time-limited link. Hopefully they're not sending your password in clear text to your email address, but some less sophisticated websites may do just that. In any case, if a hacker has access to your email account, all they need to do to get access to your back account is to go through the "recover password" process and intercept the message with login instructions. Now they're in your bank account, and the bank has no idea it's not you.
How do hackers hack email accounts?
Unfortunately, there are a number of tools out there designed specifically for hacking into many of the popular email providers. These tools are easy to use, so an attacker doesn't even have to have sophisticated hacking skills.
How to defend your email account from being hacked
The best defense against these email hacking tools is to hack-proof your password. There are four things you should do:
- Don't use the same password for different sites. Create a unique password for every account, including your email accounts.
- Use only strong passwords. They should be long; use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters; and use a combination of lowercase and uppercase letters.
- Change your passwords regularly.
- Never share your passwords with anyone.
What it means for website administrators
If you're a website administrator, cybercriminals could use this kind of email hacking to hack their way into the back end of your site and gain administrative access to make changes to code and wreak all kinds of havoc, from redirecting visitors to phishing activity to spamming. In addition to using the smart password strategies outlined above, you'll also want to have additional layers of protection on your website to prevent unauthorized activity of all kinds.
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