Increase the Immunity of your E-mail
With malicious activities like phishing, hacking and identity theft surrounding us, e-mail safety Â is a cause for concern. WhetherÂ it‘s your personal information or something official, nothing is safe in cyberspace. Ensuring the safety of your e-mail just takes a bit of extra effort, here are a few tips to keep in mind while using your e-mail.In a world where a reputed newspaper, such as ‘News of the World’, resorts to phone hacking to pick up scoops, and governments allegedly hack into email accounts of important personalities , the importance of security can hardly be downplayed.
Appropriate passwords: The password for your e-mail should be of appropriate length, with both numeric and alphanumeric characters. Never use your name or date of birth as passwords; also change your passwords regularly.
Keep away from unknown attachments: Attachments are the most common tool used to infect computers; that’s why you should never open attachments from unknown sources. These may be “viruses or “letter bombs meant to damage your computer. To stay safe, check out the complete address prior to opening an e-mail attachment and verify you know it.
No sensitive information to be entered: Never give out any personal information on any unknown links or websites. It might very well be misused. E-mails from unknown sources asking for banking and other personal details are nothing but a phishing attempt.Â Enter your information only on trusted sites.
Use a spam filter: A spam filter is necessary to ensure your mailbox is not flooded with spam all the time. These filters help blocking web bugs that keep track of your account and system activity.
Always logout: Last but not the least, after finishing your work; don’t forget to logout of your account so that even if your password is saved on the browser or window, your account is not misused since it will be password-protected.