How secure is your email account?

I was just reading the ‘Digital Fortress’ by Dan Brown. According to that, a machine called Translator can crack your emails. I know its fiction but, I wanted to tell the real stuff!! I will take Gmail as an example.

How secure is your account?

  • img-secure Your email is secured with SSL encryption. If anyone tries to make a brute force attack (trying all the combinations) it will take him about 20 years with the fastest computer in the world.
  • It is reinforced by CAPTCHA. So, after about 3-4 wrong attempts. A CAPTCHA should be entered for every password trial. So, a bots cannot be used.
  • Even if a guy has overcomed the CAPTCHA problem. After about 20-30 wrong attempts, the account will be locked for 24 hours.
  • But, this system can still be cracked. Read on..

How can your account be hacked?

  • Keylogger – This is a malicious program which records all your keystrokes and sends it to the Internet.
  • Cookie steal scripts – Cookie is a small piece of information in your browser, containing your username and password. A hacker can send you an email with a script which snatches the cookie and sends it to the hacker.
  • Phishing – A very good replica of a trustworthy website (say gmail) is made. When you login in that website, your username and password is sent to the hacker.
  • Guesswork – Some people can actually guess your passwords with your social networking profiles.
  • By the Email service itself. Yes! they can have access to your account. They do it when you are in serious trouble.
  • Well, I am not a hacker so, if there is any other ways please add it in your comments.

How to protect your account?  

  • Use a good Antivirus Software like Avast, NOD32 etc. This removes the chances of keylogging and cookie robbery.
  • Always look into the address bar before logging in any website. See to it that its gmail.com not gmaile.com or something like that.
  • Try not to use a public computer because, they can be loaded with malicious softwares
  • Always use a secure password. The best method is set a password with spelling mistakes and some numbers in it. Let it be a proper noun. Eg: My favourite actor is Emma Watson. So, with some tweaks here and there, I have a password 3mmaw4tzen (3=E and A=4). Cool huh?

So what do you think? Got any protection tactics? Whatever you think. Comment on!


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