Tuesday, February 7, 2017

5 Tips To Keep Your Email Account Secure


The internet is a wonderful place and at the same time it is a dangerous place.  There are hundreds of hackers out there just waiting to get access to your email and even worse your email password.
With that they can have free rein and even access your social media accounts and send out fake emails and fake social media posts from your accounts.


Here are 5 tips to keep your email account secure:

Keep a watch for strange emails


Be on the look out for strange emails that may look like they come from your email host company or even from social media companies.  Check from which email address they actually came from.  Most companies will not email you to type in your password or email address.
Protect your password
Don’t give out your password to anyone and don’t type it into emails if someone asks you to.  Make sure your password also has a mix of letters, numbers and characters and is over 8 characters long. 
Change your password regularly as well
It’s very easy to get into a lull and enjoy your passwords, you remember them so well but in terms of security it is a very dangerous thing and it’s always best to keep changing it regularly. 
Have different email accounts for different groups
It’s always a good idea to keep your email accounts separate for the different needs in your life.  For example I have email accounts for the following:
·         Friends and Family
·         Business
·         Newsletters
That way you can very easily see if a strange email pops up in your account.
Report Spam and Phising
Most email accounts now have an option whereby you can report strange emails or suspected spam or phising.  In the long run this will help email companies find out who is real and who is trying to get your important information out of you.

Fred Felton | Social Media Specialist & Keynote Speaker | Twitter @fredfelton 

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