Early this week, nearly 10,000 passwords were stolen and posted online by cybercriminals who created a fake Hotmail website identical to the real thing. This phishing scam tricked users into entering their email address and password. Twenty-four hours later a similar list of thousands of Google Gmail, AOL, Yahoo Mail, Comcast and Earthlink accounts were online as well.
How to protect your email account
- Install WOT WOT protects the top three Internet-based email services – Google Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail. WOT checks links embedded in email and warns you of dangerous websites helping you avoid spyware, spam, phishing, identity theft and other Internet fraud, before you risk clicking. Download WOT now.
- Check the URL before you login
- Change your password often It’s suggested by experts to change your password at least every 90 days.
- Make your passwords stronger Use a combination of letters, numerals and symbols. WOT users share good suggestions how to do this on a poll about passwords.
- Use different passwords for social networking sites Cybercrooks can gain access to your accounts with the email address because so many people use the same login credentials. Mix it up.