Many people use the same password at difference sites – including for their email. So if your account info was among those hacked in the many online data thefts over the last few years, those passwords may be floating around.
[You can check
https://haveibeenpwned.com/ to see if your email address is “out there”]
So of what possible value could your hacked email account be to the “bad guys”? Here are some ideas, from Krebs on Security:
Things a hacked email account can be used for
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There is an online security researcher named Krebs that published 3 basic rules for online safety. These still make a lot of sense:
If you didn’t go looking for it, don’t install it! If you installed it, UPDATE it! If you no longer need it, REMOVE it!
The original article is at
There is potentially a lot of useful / sellable info on that old PC that you haven’t used in a while.
What your old hacked PC can be used for by the “bad guys”
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There’s a lot of bad actors online, but there are indeed things you can do to be safer. Watch the tech site for more articles, coming soon.