Many users are under the misconception that by using their password to log on to a service, they are securing information that is sent over to the server. Unfortunately, this is typically not the case. Even if you do not keep confidential or important information online, you should still be concerned with network security.
You may not care if someone reads your email, but you probably would be alarmed if your account was used to send email for the purpose of organizing a crime. Additionally, someone with your password may be able to make your account unusable to you. For these and other reasons, it's a good idea to protect your password and to practice secure networking.
Last Updated: 06/02/06