Ten million passwords and usernames have been released by security consultant for O’Reilly Media, Mark Burnett, as a pre-warning security measure in protecting Google accounts from hacking.
Majority of hackers have automated their attacks so as to hack as many accounts as possible in shortest time possible. This is in order to maximise the hacker financial gains.
Despite the automated hacking, manual hackers still remain highly effective for tactical accounts such as those Google accounts created as private and not open for public view. This is due to the use of deceptive means like phishing emails (fake emails) designed to lure users to hand in their log in credentials.
According to Internet Security FAQs article on the rise of manually hacked email accounts, the hackers access the Google account for 30 minutes. They look for personal information like financial transfers, investment and bank account details. For valuable accounts they change the passwords to allow for enough time to exploit the owner’s account.
The rise of cyber-crimes globally poses security threats to Google accounts hence the need to review the accounts security. This is because unencrypted emails (emails that are not protected to unauthorised reader or recipient) and public accessible accounts tend to be prone to hacking.
Thus, to improve the Google account security, it is recommendable to use at least 10 characters with the exception of common phrases. However, this may be not ensuring absolute protection; use of two factor authentication may give an effective strong password. This includes verification by message alert sent to your phone after login with your password.
Thus, the Google account safety becomes susceptible until we can integrate biometric identification for login.