By now I am sure most of you have heard of the over 273 Million email accounts that have been compromised and bought for a dollar on the dark web. The news is covering this the same way they cover everything, with fear and vague details. This article from computerworld explains how the email providers are very suspect when it comes to this claim, and think that it actually just a mash up of olddata dumps.
Still lets cover what good practices would be
- Change your password every 3 months
- use a pass phrase over a password
- set up two-step authentication if possible
These are just some good general practices to protect yourself.
This is a good article from life hacker explaining better about pass phrases
Here is a link for setting up two step authentication from gizmodo
Remember that security is your responsibility and you can adequately protect yourself if you do a few simple things.