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The Dangerous Role Personal Email Plays In Account Takeovers


Have you ever considered how invaluable your personal email account is to an attacker? Various accounts and private information are linked to your personal email: utility bills, credit cards, password resets and more. Your personal emails hold numerous ways to identify your home address and even your birthday. You've probably emailed yourself a few important documents to store over the years as well. Your personal email account is a treasure trove to fraudsters seeking to take over your accounts—or even worse, your identity.


Password Reuse Risk

If you’re like most people, your personal email is regularly used as the primary way to reset passwords. It's not your fault; you've been trained to do so. The fact that you have multiple accounts linked to your personal email, however, heightens the risk associated with this account. Once a hacker has access to your inbox, they can easily reset passwords to any associated account.


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