If you’re like most Internet users, your email account is probably currently storing multiple messages that contain the usernames and passwords for at least some of your online accounts.
We often receive this type of email after opening a new account or clicking a “Forgot password?” or “Can’t access your account?” link.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but all of those “Here’s your password” emails are a huge security risk.
Why? Because if a hacker ever manages to break into your email account (and it happens all the time), a quick scan of your stored messages will hand over easy access to at least some of your other online accounts as well.
This is why I recommend deleting any emails that contain passwords, usernames and “secret question” reminders just as soon as they arrive (after you have retrieved the info from them of course). I also recommend going through all of your old emails and deleting any that contain such sensitive info.
It’s also wise to protect the email account itself as much as possible by selecting a password that’s secure, yet easy to remember. And while you’re at it, lock down as many of your online accounts as possible by enabling Two Factor Authentication on them.
And now a bonus tip: Sometimes it helps to “think like a hacker” in order to avoid being victimized by them.