4 Ways to Keep Your Email Secure
One of the easiest ways to get hacked is through your email. Here are 4 tips to help you keep your information private:
1. Break the Clicking Habit
Any time you receive an email with a link, get out of the habit of clicking on it! Although it seems to be there for your convenience (and often is), phishing scams use links as one of their top ways to gain access to your computer’s information. Even if the email appears to be from someone you know and looks legitimate, it’s much safer to visit the website in a browser than to click on it right from the email.
Copying and pasting the link too, although it may seem like a smart way to sidestep possible malware or phishing attacks, accomplishes the same goal as clicking on the email link. It may seem a tad more tedious, but you’ll thank yourself later – visiting the site yourself saves time and money when, against our best wishes, the link turns out to be an attack.
2. Don’t Place All Your Eggs in the Same Basket
Instead of having one central email that connects to all your shopping accounts, social media pages, financial information and work-related messages, create different accounts. If you only have one account and it happens to get compromised, all the accounts that are associated with it are likely in danger, too. To minimize the damage that can occur, create separate accounts for different things.
Don’t use your business email for personal use. The crossover can cause your business’s private information to be compromised if your personal account gets hacked. Instead, sign up for one of the free email accounts – like Gmail or Yahoo – to do your personal email correspondence.
3. Two is Better than One
Using two-factor authentication greatly increases your security when it comes to your email and the accounts associated with it. It doesn’t have to take up too much extra time, either; simply set up your email to verify the login on your phone. Those few added seconds greatly outweigh the alternative – nobody has time to be a victim of a phishing scam, let alone wants to be. If you have any issues with setting up two-factor authentication for your email account, let us know. We’d be happy to help!
4. Think Smarter
Getting in the mindset of wariness is key to avoiding phishing attacks. Assume that an email is unsafe unless you are sure it is from a verifiable source and leads to where it says it will. Even if it turns out to be fine, by taking the right precautionary measures you are getting yourself in the habit of protecting your private information. The last thing you want is for your information to be broadcasted all over the Internet or have your accounts hacked! Plus, acting like the email is potentially harmful is great practice for if or when it happens, because sooner or later, you will probably encounter a suspicious email.