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So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections.
Seven at night on the Friday before Christmas and I was rushing to meet a deadline.
Finally on Monday, three days later, smooth-sounding Jessica from 'the Yahoo concierge service' called to help me get back into my account and reassure me that Yahoo took such violations very seriously.
She would not be drawn on who might be responsible at Yahoo for stopping hackers.
With less than an hour to finish a documentary I was working on, my fingers were flying over my keyboard as I wrestled with the script, phone calls and emails with a researcher abroad while watching multiple TV screens in the cutting room and talking simultaneously to people around me.
Suddenly an alarming email popped into my Yahoo mailbox from Yahoo itself, saying my account was about to be shut down unless I confirmed all my details with them.
I quickly realised my bank account and cash and credit cards were vulnerable, as those details were in my emails and I knew that scammers run special programmes to harvest financial numbers from the accounts they break into.
Phishing can even lead to suicide, kidnap and murder as desperate victims fight to get their money back.
Leslie Fountain, a senior technician at Anglia Polytechnic University, set fire to himself and died after falling victim to a lottery scam on the internet.
Phishing refers to electronic bait put out by criminals to catch financial information and carry out fraud by using your computer passwords.
Within seconds of pressing that enter key, a message written by the hackers but under my name went out to everyone in the computerised address book attached to my email account.