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It was reported in the news recently that a large collection of email addresses and passwords used to hijack accounts on other services was discovered being distributed on a popular hacking forum. The data contained almost 2.7 billion records including 773 million unique email addresses alongside with passwords for these emails, used for other services. icon security thumbThis is not new and we, as an IT service company, are constantly receiving questions of whether or not an email account has been stolen (largely as a result of email spoofing).

If you are concerned about your email account, here's a good tool to check if it was hacked and, if it was, where did the hack occur. The information is not exhaustive, but it gives an idea:

https://haveibeenpwned.com/

It is important to remember that passwords should be changed regularly and not duplicated on other services. The best option is to use a password generating tool, to avoid password replication.

google02Gmail is a very popular email hosting service with many users on this platform. But are your emails safe from peering eyes? For Gmail users, this may not be the case; you may think your emails are private. Google can read each and everyone’s emails by scanning long email chains which allow them to collect data on you.  Google uses the data collected from your emails to inform a whole host of other products and services.