How Google, Facebook and Hotmail aim to stop holiday hacking

This is the peak season for having your email account hacked, so Google, Hotmail and Facebook have implemented a news system called ‘two-factor authentication’“My Google email account was recently hacked into whilst I was on holiday in Slovakia. The hacker said that I had been robbed at gunpoint in Spain and robbed, then asked people to send money to a money transfer account in Spain,” read the email that arrived this week. “This has happened to other people, I gather.”It certainly has: this is the peak season for people having their accounts hacked, principally because so many are travelling, and thus using either computers or networks that are shared and which they trust too much.

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