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Why you should not keep confidential details in your emails

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By Abolade Ogundimu

Following the rate of hacking of some email account holders recently, experts in Information and Communication Technology(ICT) have advised users to avoid keeping confidential details in their mail boxes.

The experts gave the advice on Thursday in separate interviews in Abuja.

Ms Efe Ekpuruke, an ICT expert, said “hacking will still be with us as long as people keep acquiring knowledge on ICT development.’’

“It is a fact that we need to get some information written down, but it is better not to store your confidential details in your mail box.

“Yahoo initially assured privacy of information on its platform but hacking is becoming a common trend now.

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“I think people should try more to use their phones in sending confidential details to avoid being hacked.

“We now have ethical hackers who are busy identifying likely loopholes that criminal hackers may want to explore, email service providers should engage them more,” Ekpuruke said.

Similarly, Mr Ifeanyi Nwakor, another ICT expert also said that emails were not safe for confidential information because of the activities of hackers.

He therefore called on service providers to do more on cyber security; while users should increase security strength of their passwords.

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“In order to avoid hacking and get protection, you have to use alpha numeric characters for your passwords, especially on your yahoo – that is using numbers and alphabets.

“Most times, you get messages from Yahoo that 2,000 mails have been sent from your account to your contacts which never came from you.

“I have downloaded the yahoo application on my laptop more than five times, if I sign in to the app, I have to leave it on, or else, I will be logged out which should not be so.

“The fact that I downloaded the app on my PC should keep me logged in, but no, I won’t be able to receive any email until I sign in to the app again.

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I am already re-routing my contacts on yahoo mail to other email addresses,” he said.

Yahoo admitted that hackers accessed personal information of account holders of 500 million, making it the biggest data breach in history.

Yahoo had assured that it was “working closely” with law enforcement agents on the matter.

It attributed the hacking a “state-sponsored actor”, but it did not disclose the identity of the hacker or the country of origin.

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