As an Internet attorney, I try to keep up with issues that can affect you and an online entrepreneur. Here’s something you should know. A January cyberattack apparently accessed Google’s password system called Gaia a.k.a. Single Sign-On. Whether or not your Google Gmail and other passwords are safe (unknown), it is a good idea to regularly change your passwords. Be sure to use a combination of letters (uppercase and lowercase), numbers, etc. that you’ll remember but won’t be easy for hackers to crack.
Remember that hackers aren’t your only privacy concern. When you read an e-mail in your Gmail inbox, check the ads surrounding it. Chances are the keywords in your Gmail are used to generated targeted advertising at the top and to the right of the message. In other words, even password-protected Google isn’t that private (at least to Google and its advertisers). You’ll want to discuss your privacy rights with your Internet lawyer and be sure to avoid sending confidential information via unencrypted e-mail.