Why Do Hackers Want Your Email Address?


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How does your email address link up to the rest of your world?

We’ve talked a lot about the importance of having strong security solutions for your computers, databases, and networks. Your email address is yet another thing that needs to be properly secured, even if you don’t think that there are important emails that could be compromised. Today we’re going to be going over the true value of your email address and what you can do to make sure it remains secured. Let’s take a look.

An email address is more like a key than anything else.

How many times can you remember needing to log into a website, online service, or other program with the use of an email address? The answer is probably quite a few. Now, how many times did you use the very same email address? The answer is probably more than would be wise. These days, an email account holds a lot more than emails. It holds the keys to many of your other accounts. Everything from your Facebook contacts to your online banking information can be traced back to your email. In the hands of a hacker, that email account can get a lot accomplished.

How can you secure your email account?

The first thing you need is an excellent password. Avoid using things that could be easily guessed such as your name or your birthday. Having a strong password is often the only line of defense for certain types of email accounts. If you choose to work through Google, however, you have more options. For example, you can enable two step authentication for your account. This will prompt an SMS, or text massage, to be sent to your phone with a code that would need to be entered as well as the traditional password. You can also run a “security check up” through Gmail that will help you understand where your account is landing on the security spectrum.

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