Email has become an essential tool for communication with organizations and among friends. Criminal hackers and other snoopers are eager to compromise email accounts to learn about you and to infect you with malware.
Here are a few tips on keeping your email safe.
- Don’t open attachments unless you are sure you know who it is from. Merely have a known sender email is not enough because spam spoofing.
- Don’t fall for “security notices” supposedly sent by financial institutions or your “email administrator”. These are almost always scammers attempting to trick you into disclosing your login credentials.
- Do not follow web links you receive via email. If you are tempted, you can right click on the link and view the real link address as opposed to the text that display. If they do not match, it is a trap.
- Use multiple email addresses and do not give out the address you use most for personal communication to anyone except known contact.
- Change your password regularly and keep it in a safe place.
- Use a strong password, consisting of at least 8 characters including combinations of upper and lower case, alpha and numeric plus one special character.
- Keep your personal information personal – don’t share bank or credit card information by email.
- Make sure that you have antivirus software installed and keep it up to date.
- Use digital email certificates to secure your communication and prevent message tampering.