These days, it is not uncommon to hear that there is a threat to your email or that your account has been compromised. It’s a fact of life, in this highly reliant digital world we live in, that there are hackers everywhere trying to break into your accounts and steal your information. So what are you to do to safeguard your email from cyberpunks? We’re here to help! Here are 5 tips to use when protecting your email from hackers:
Create a strong password.
This may seem like an obvious one to hit on, however, having a weak password puts your account at risk. A strong password is comprised of both capital and lowercase letters, numbers, special characters and is made up of more than six characters.
Additionally, if it has been a while since you’ve changed your password then it’s time to mix it up. In a 2015 study of 2,000 consumers across the US and the UK, 47% were found to have been using the same password for the last 5 years and worse, 73% use the same password across all their online accounts. To us, this seems like you are just asking for trouble. Change your password quarterly and be sure to use different passwords for each of your online accounts.
Be careful when sharing your email address.
Oversharing your email address makes you vulnerable to spammers and scammers. Only family, friends and business contacts should have your email address. Blasting your email to sign up for this or enter for that can compromise the personal information associated with your account. Consider setting up a separate email account to use for newsletters, confirmations or signups that isn’t connected with your personal data.
Be mindful of using public wifi.
If you find yourself sending and receiving emails while using public wifi, you better be sure that you aren’t sending information that needs to be kept secure. In fact, if you can avoid checking email while on a public server, then we suggest you do. Public wifi can become infected with spyware, making it really easy for hackers to capture your login information and anything else you share. Our suggestion is to use mobile data instead.
Be smart about what you’re clicking.
Don’t click on links from senders you do not know. It’s not uncommon for hackers to disguise their emails as a company that looks like one you would interact with and requests your login information or other personal data. Be alert and think twice before clicking a link or sharing information. Additionally, be sure you have an up-to-date antivirus installed on your computer to help protect from these threats.
Encrypt sensitive emails.
Sometimes, you have to send really sensitive information via email. When you do, it’s a good idea to encrypt your email or the actual document into a zip file. Encrypted messages can only be opened with a password, so you’ll want to share the password with the receiver through a separate communication thread. This is a great and easy way to keep your data safe in emails.
Don’t let your email become an easy target for hackers. Protect your email and yourself by implementing the tips above. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes your personal information.