It can happen to you: Hacked e-mail accounts
The only way to have a bullet-proof e-mail account is probably to have no e-mail account at all. Or to have the NSA working for you. But there are some easy ways to reduce one's chances of falling victim to a hacker who wants to steal an e-mail account: Create and use a limited-access account in Windows, avoid unsecured wireless networks anywhere and everywhere unless you can use a VPN or some similar tool, and use a browser like Firefox, which is less popular (and thus less-frequently targeted for attack) than Microsoft Internet Explorer.
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