Ya­hoo hack should tell you: Se­cure your email ac­counts

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - Email

De­tails from the Depart­ment of Jus­tice in­dict­ment of Rus­sian hack­ers this week show 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 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

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Jack Ben­nett, spe­cial agent in charge at the San Fran­cisco di­vi­sion of the FBI, holds a news con­fer­ence Wed­nes­day in San Fran­cisco to de­tail the in­dict­ments that have been handed down against four Rus­sians in the Ya­hoo hack.

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