The Key to the Privacy Castle
The beginning of the month brought news a phishing attack against two of the largest email providers, hotmail and gmail. Many people don't grasp how important to keep your email secure. They think the only real threat is someone reading emails from their Aunt Martha.
Email is really the key to your privacy castle. If someone has access to it they can quickly gain access to all of your online accounts. This is done using the password reset function of most websites. Take for example your bank; once they have your email they simply click on the "reset password" button. The new password is sent to the email account where the thief already has control.
Make sure you have a very secure password on your email. Pay attention if it seems there is strange activity or if passwords seem to change without your knowledge.