You’re the Next President
Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?
Unfortunately, I’m not talking about getting you elected to the highest, most powerful office in the world.
No, sadly I’m talking about the likelihood that your e-mail will get hacked and pictures of you in the shower will show up on the Interwebz.
Ask yourself when was the last time you sent an e-mail that you didn’t want anyone else to see? It may have been complaints about your boss, or sweet nothings to your girlfriend. It could have been tax or financial information, or perhaps something about a medical issue.
And you probably keep e-mail around forever, right?
I’ve seen people with thousands of e-mails still in their Inbox. They didn’t think to move them to another folder or delete them after they read them.
Receipts from online purchases. New account registrations and password changes. They just sit there like little gold nuggets, waiting for a miner.
The reality is, we all do it. Just like Ashton Kutcher, Sarah Palin and Lindsay Lohan, we normal people use e-mail for just about everything. And few truly think about or understand just how sensitive, or critical e-mail has become.
Until their undergiblets show up in a Google images search.
So take a moment today to manage that risk down a little. If your e-mail is compromised it probably exposes a whole pile of other things.
Make sure you have a good password. If your e-mail service offers multi-factor authentication (SMS, token, etc.), consider it. Delete e-mail that you don’t need anymore. Think about the things that you send through e-mail before you send them – if they ended up in the wrong hands would you be OK with it?
Because it may sound awesome, but you don’t want to be the next President.