Sunday, July 8, 2012

Six Ways To Secure Your Email

We all use emails for our day to day work, studying, banking and many more errands. Emails are easily hacked if we do not secure them properly.

Here are six ways that will help Securing your email

I. Passwords
Never ever use an easily guessed password, like "iloveyou" or "12345678" and so on. Always use complex passwords that are easy for you to remember but hard for others to guess. Click on passwords to know more about strengthening your password. Remember: Do not reveal your password to any relatives or friends since the closest people to you are a major threat, not intentionally, but their PC/laptop might be infected and that might compromise your email account. No company employee will ever ask you for your password, not even the email service provider himself. In the case of someone asking you for your password by sending you an email or any other way, rest assured that this person is a hacker and wants to gain access to your account.

II. Rescue Email
Always add a rescue, or commonly known as an alternate email to your primary email in order to recover your email in case it was hacked. Make sure both emails have different passwords!

III. Don't change your password regularly
Although many email service providers as well as websites recommend that you change your password regularly, I strongly disagree with them for the following reasons:
Changing your password regularly has a major downside, it makes passwords harder to remember. People who are forced to change passwords regularly tend to choose easy to remember and easy to guess passwords. It's actually better to stick to one strong password that is hard to be guessed and can be easily remember by the user. 

If you feel something suspicious about your account, use a trusted clean PC/laptop to change your password immediately

IV. Junk Mail
One of the best ways to filter unknown, suspicious and malicious emails is by activating the Junk Mail option. Most, if not all, email service providers have junk mail option that will prevent suspicious and malicious emails from reaching you. Especially emails that tend to look real, for example the fake Paypal email.

V. Anonymous Attachments
Never open attachments from emails you do not recognize or which come from an unknown email senders. Most hackers use attachments to infect your computers or your address book in order to send replicated copies of the infected email to other computers.

VI. Protect your computer
Try not to access your email from public computers that are utilized by multiple users. Doing so will put your email at risk and there's a big chance that you might lose your email.

Unless this public PC/laptop has an updated antivirus, refrain from using it to enter your email credentials.

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