Email is a great way to keep in touch, no doubt. Just like an old letter, and even more than that; email is private, has history and tells stories of the user. The idea of someone getting into your email account and going through your stuff is deeply invasive at many levels. Not only does spam mail get delivered to your contact from your email id, your information reaches someone else’s eyes too. There are a few things you can do to protect your email from hackers.
1. Password Strength
Move away from the conventional date of birth and pet name and create something that does not have particular significance to you. It should be a combination of numbers, letters and symbols and you must ensure that you change your password frequently.
Ensure that your computer comes with anti-virus and spyware. Use firewalls will help prevent attacks and you will give your email added protection with scans and regular updates of security software. Choose from a wide range of programs like Avast (www.avast.com) and Microsoft Security Essentials.
3. Tell Phishing to go fish
Every time you visit a website or respond to an email that you don’t know the origin of, you could become a victim of phishing scam. You could use sites like www.filehippo.com to help you upgrade the software and protect your email. Alternately, do not reply unsolicited mails and mark them as spam or junk too.
4. HTTPS for the win
Make sure that you change your mail options to https so that your browsing sessions are always safe. Hotmail (Outlook.com) and Gmail offer this added security and you will do well to use it.
Do not open an attachment unless you know the sender. When you do open an attachment, ensure you do a virus check before you download it on to your system. Use dropbox. com or box.com for secure file opening.
6. Damage Control
If you need to check whether your email id is hacked or not, you can enter your email address at www.pwnedlist.com, and it will tell you if it has been compromised or not. It’s easy, safe and useful.
You should also consider using smarter, less obvious password questions. They need not even pertain to your life and that will make them harder to crack. Start with protecting your computer, and then your email and remember to use secure systems. The Internet is for everyone. You can ensure your email id, on the other hand, is not.
This is a guest post by Nathan Brown of offers.telcoservicesgroup.net, a site that offers savings and current information on at&t Uverse.