Details from this week’s federal indictment of Russian hackerscharged with compromising hundreds of millions of Yahoo accounts reveal that many people are still not taking routine precautions to safeguard their email accounts — and hackers are exploiting that.
The Russian hackers didn’t have to work very hard to break into people’s email accounts, even those belonging to government officials or powerful executives. Here’s a look at a few simple ways to help safeguard your email account from hackers.
Don’t Reuse Passwords
Many online break-ins result when people have reused a password across, say, their email, social and financial accounts. If it’s compromised at any one of those services, the others are suddenly vulnerable.