Whether it is your personal email account, or your work email account, you more than likely have personal or confidential information on your account. You do not want hackers, or anyone for that matter having access to your accounts. Protecting your email account becomes more and more important as hackers continue to come up with new ways to access your account. As email evolves, it is important to remember the basics behind email security, below is a list of some basic email tips to assist in keeping your account safe.
- Have a complicated email address. Do not create your email address so complicated that you will forget it, but also do not create it as simple as your name.
- Secure password. When setting your password, please remember the intent of a password, to keep out those who are not supposed to have access. For that reason, using “password” as your password really defeats the purpose of even having a password. When choosing a password try to use a combination of upper and lowercase letters and numbers, that do not form any sort of word or phrase.
- Change password frequently. You should change your password often, as often as every 90 days. Using the same password on your email account over a long period of time increases hackers chances of guessing the correct password.
- Be careful on public computers. Be very careful when using a public computer, be sure you have logged out before leaving the computer. Also be sure you have not set anything to automatically log into your account on a public computer, because that may set it to automatically bring up your email address.
- Don’t be deceived into giving away your password. If your email provider has emailed you asking for your account password, do not give it to them, this is a scam. Also, they may send you a link to click to reset your password, this is very possibly another fraud.
- Try not to publicize your email address. Yes, every time you send out an email it includes your email address, but do not go around giving it to the whole world and posting it publicly. Spammers scan pages all of the time looking for new victims.
- Set up an email filtering service. Filtering out spam will greatly reduce your chances of being hacked or accidently giving away information. If you are not receiving the emails and links to give away your password, your chances will greatly reduce of accidently doing so.
- Set up a strong security question. It can happen to anyone, forgetting a password that you set up. Setting up a strong security question is critical to email security, so that spammers can not try to guess at the password and reset it. Be sure that your answer does not change, you will always remember it, and that hackers can not find the answer to the question online (For instance, what year you graduated college).