Although it’s not considered a “best practice” to use a free email service as the administrative or registrant contact for your domain names, I know quite a few people who do use services such as Hotmail and Gmail.
This morning, BBC News and Neowin are reporting that account and password details from about 10,000 Hotmail accounts have been posted online, and it is suspected that there could be many more accounts exposed. If a hacker or cyber thief has access to the email account connected to domain names, he could easily request a password change on the account and gain access to the associated domain names.
If you use a free email service – and even if you don’t – maybe now is a good time to change your password. You might also consider security services from domain registrars such as Name.com’s NameSafe VIP Service or Moniker’s MaxLock service, where someone needs more than simply an account password to make domain changes.