According to express.co.uk, hundred millions of email accounts are on the black market. It is roughly estimated that around 270 million accounts have been hacked, 24 million of which belong to Gmail, 12 million to Microsoft and 40 million to Yahoo Mail. The rest belong to national postal services (web.de, mail.ru, inmail.sk, etc.).

Email hacking is one of the biggest problems users face. Just imagine how many accounts are connected via one email address to websites, social networks and programs. Now, does it mean that if an email account has been hacked, all of the above accounts are under threat? These are the questions, which bother millions of users as the information that is obtained from those email accounts gets into hacker communities.

You can scarcely find a way to check whether your email has been hacked. Nevertheless, you can take preventive security measures. Apart from changing your password (should be done regularly), consider using two-factor authentication (common pair login-password and a one-time password which you receive via SMS and an application on your smartphone). This method is now fairly widespread in a variety of postal services. It provides your account with extra security, and helps to prevent the next hack.

Safety is paramount for large companies when they choose software. Yet the majority of instant messaging services are cloud based, meaning they could be hacked. However, if your work correspondences are located on your company’s local services, you completely eliminate that threat. Skype for Business and EasyLy ensure this type of data storage.