Bush family emails hacked: Here’s a refresher on protecting your own accounts

By now, you might have heard that six email accounts belonging to former President George H. W. Bush and his family were recently hacked.

While there was no breach of national security (there was no sensitive information obtained or shared), there was still some information within those accounts that Mr. Bush and his family would have preferred to keep private.

Here’s a link to a PCWorld.com article that tells more about the Bush family email hack, and provides you with tips on how to protect your own family’s email accounts.

Here’s an excerpt:

Thanks to an anonymous hacker self-identified as Guccifer, we now know that former President George W. Bush likes to paint self-portraits in the bath. That’s one of the tidbits revealed when at least six email accounts belonging to Bush family members were hacked and their contents shared online. The high profile hack underscores, once again, the importance of a strong password when it comes to your email account—whether you are the former President of the United States or an average Jane or Joe Gmail user.

George H.W. Bush
George H.W. Bush

The email messages from the family of George H.W. Bush and close friends span 2009 to 2012, and include private family discussions along with family photos, according to The Smoking Gun.

Other than the shower paintings, the photos posted online are pretty generic. One shows former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton posing with a younger member of the Bush clan, possibly Pierce Bush (no stranger to online over exposure himself). Others include photos of Jeb Bush, George W. Bush, and Laura and Barbara Bush.

The Bush family intrusion is the focus of a criminal investigation, a Bush family spokesperson told The Houston Chronicle. Hacking public figures has become a routine occurrence in recent years, with email, personal photos, cell phones, and social networking accounts all under fire. The Bush family joins a roster of hacked politicians that includes former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Sen. Chuck Grassley. Beyond politicians, the volume of celebrity hacks inspire countless online slideshows, including leaked photos of Miley Cyrus, Olivia Munn, and Scarlett Johansson.

But not only public officials and celebrities get hacked. Sometimes people become a target just because of their Twitter handlepolitical activities, or for no apparent reason at all. Over the last few days, for example, I’ve been seeing a warning at the top of my Gmail window to let me know state-sponsored attackers might be trying to compromise my account.

So what can you do to prevent attackers from breaking in and flooding the Internet with your personal snapshots, documents, and email? Here’s a refresher on security practices.

If you haven’t already, it’d be a good idea to click over to that article and ensure that you’re doing all that you can to protect yourself and your family’s security.

Here’s the link again.

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