Email Hackers: ‘Like a Baby With a Gun’


More and more hackers are using legitimate passwords to break into poorly secured personal email accounts, websites, and corporate networks.

Once inside, they’re able to comb through all the data for login information to gain access to sensitive information like online banking, financial reports, corporate information, personal photos, and more.

Now, The Wall Street Journal reports on “code tokens” — a technology that “provides users with an algorithmically generated number that is only briefly valid. Users typically enter the code into a computer after their username and password.”

The article even quotes one victim of past email password fraud as saying, “It was like a baby with a gun.”

However, this new security step of using code tokens isn’t entirely perfect either. After all, hackers in wireless hotspots can still see the one-time codes as they are generated.

Perhaps the best solution is the use of these tokens with a personal VPN like PRIVATE WiFi to encrypt all sensitive details.

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.