Notes From the Fieldby Martin Weil

February 14, 2013

Still Using AOL Email?

Apparently the Bush family was. And so was an old friend whose email account was not just hacked but hijacked last week such that emails to him were re-routed to an unknown third party. Over the last year, I have seen a significant increase in the number of email hacking incidents. Nowhere has the problem been worse than with AOL accounts. AOL’s typical response to these events has been “we recommend you change your password.” As the article says, there are plenty of more secure email alternatives available, and switching is not all that hard. As an added incentive, unlike with AOL, most email providers permit users to receive attachments and pictures.

For the moment, I have no direct knowledge of any confidential information, aside from the Bush family’s, being stolen. However, the potential is there and I don’t think any of us would be comfortable knowing that third parties can gain easy access to our personal information, passwords to bank account log-ins, and other bits of data that could give hackers total access to our e-lives.

Time to move.

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