Over the last few weeks I’ve been getting a large number of spam emails from various friends who have had their email accounts hacked. The password has been guessed, and the attacker has sent emails containing spam links to everyone in the address book.
Worse still, anyone receiving the email can see the email address of everyone else who received the email, so you are effectively having your address book opened up to the world!
The solution is simple: make sure your email password is strong.
I recommend the use of a tool such as 1Password, that will generate long, strong passwords for you, and keep them safe too, so you only ever have to remember one password.
For more information, take a look at this classic article on how to choose a strong password.