2008_09_palinem2.jpgOne good thing to come from the Sarah Palin Yahoo Mail hack: Other free email users will be resetting their passwords with stronger ones.

As a hacker tells Gawker, "Passwords should not be real words. they should include at least three digits and at least one non-alphanumeric character. Example: foo&&b@x7978." However, PCMagazine.com editor Lane Ulanoff told WCBS 2, "In this case it didn't matter how strong the password was because they didn't need to know the password. They only had to know bits and pieces of info about you and then they could reset the password. How hard is it if you're the governor of Alaska to find her birth date and zip code?"

One activist who has been critical of Palin's use of personal email told the Anchorage Daily News, "If this woman is so careless as to conduct state business on a private e-mail account that has been hacked into, what in the world is she going to do when she has access to information that is vital to our national security interests?"