Why would someone try to hack my email?
Many people view email as a tool for quickly sending or receiving information and fail to realise their email contains far more valuables than a few simple messages. Consider this:
- How many contacts do you have in your address book?
- Do you store website logins and passwords in archived emails?
- Do you receive eBills (electronic bills) for services such as Cable, Internet and Utilities?
All of these items contain information that is valuable and can be sold. You may ask why others would care about the contents of a seemingly insignificant email account but that mailing address in your eBill is a possible answer. All the contact information in your address book is a gold mine for spammers as it provides them with email addresses that are most likely active and being accessed on a regular basis.