Every day a person’s email account (with yahoo, hot-mail, aol or gmail) is hacked into and his or her life is ruined either financial or publicly. When I Googled this in an attempt to find an estimate on how many fall victim to email hackers, it lead me to a dozen sites where idiots (in my opinion) were begging for information on how to hack into a email account not belonging to them. There was not one single idiot (of the ones that I notice so far) who was aware that the way to hack into someone else’s email account is simple indeed. There are two ways to hack into an email account, and I will be sharing those ways with you in order to help you maximize the protection on your account. These are the two ways hackers hack into email accounts and the steps you should take to prevent this:
The first way is the most obvious, and I am sure that you have already guessed it: it involves your password. Either the hacker guessed it (less likely) or obtained it from you (more likely). Some of the ways a hacker will obtain your password from you is: by setting up a fake account to capture your password, sending you an email from what appears to be from an official representative with your email account provider, or installing a keylogger on a computer you frequently use. Three ways to protect your password is to: remember that an actual representative will never ask for your password but the answer(s) to your security question(s) instead, be careful of who you accept into your social networks, and always be weary of public computers or who has access to your own.
The second way is to reset the password by answering the security question(s). The problem with security questions is that they always give you a look into the account holder’s own life. Security questions are always personal and easy to figure out. Example Question: What is your mother’s maiden name? I guarantee you that it will not be that hard for a hacker to gain insight into your own life and therefore answer your security question(s). Either they know you (which is highly likely because most identity thefts occur from acquaintances rather than from strangers) or they gain knowledge about you by either pretending to be an account representative and requesting the answer from you or they learn more about you through the social networking sites you use (such as Facebook). There are two ways to keep hackers from guessing the answer(s) to your security question(s): The first piece of advice here is to use either complicated security questions (chose the make up your own option and write one that only you know the answer to) or give either opposite or fake answers to the ones that the site generates. Example Question: What is your favorite color? Example Answer to it: Aunt Jane. How you did it: The question suggests to a hacker that you used your favorite color but the answer means you outsmarted your would have been hacker by using the name of your favorite aunt instead. The code word in the question was “favorite” to jog your memory of the answer you used “Aunt Jane”.
If you have more than one email account then set all but one to be reset through that one email with the security questions that we have discussed in this article. As long as you follow these steps, the chances of anyone hacking into your email account will decrease.