Over the last few months, we have had several people have their webmail accounts hacked. All of the users had simple passwords, something that can be found in the dictionary. If you can catch it when it happens relatively soon after the hacking, your e-mail and contacts will remain intact. However, a significant amount of time lapses (several hours), the hacker will disable your account, change your secret questions and render the account useless. Most of the time, these web based accounts are not backed up, so you also run the risk of losing all of your e-mail.