A recent FIR registered with Delhi Police, points how a weak password can sometimes lead to loss of business profits.
In the said matter… it is alleged by the complainant that the hacker has contaminated the complainant’s computer with viruses, business and personal emails have been hacked, downloaded all the critical business information and have attempted to contact their customer. It has been further alleged that Hacker has copied client list appearing on Complainant’s company profile, despite of the disclaimers appearing on the website. And further created a new email with complainant’s name, which was used to send emails and received business communication to complainant’s clients with an intention to deceive. The complaint has made out the case under the various provisions of IT Act, IPC and Copyright Act.
Hacking is punishable under Sec 66 of Information Technology Act, with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or with fine which may extend to five lakh rupees or with both.
In these days of cyber crime and hacking, therefore, it becomes very necessary to have very strong password, when you also use your email ID for business and professional purposes. Else like in above matter, some one can steal your business secrets and float a competitive business, as is alleged in the above matter.
Microsoft provides guidelines for keeping a strong password at: http://www.microsoft.com/protect/fraud/passwords/create.aspx
Though it is more advisable to use own Domain’s emails for business/professional purposes, so that you can have better control on your IDs. As the passwords of these can be easily retrieved or chaged through Web Hosting Control panel.
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