Some Useful Security Tips About Your Email Accounts

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digitalartNo doubt, security measures are never enough,
but not having any in place
would be highly unwise and dangerous! 

I have been getting some “funny” emails lately. I find them funny cos they make me smile 🙂 Imagine receiving emails saying that your online bank account which you do not even have is about to be deactivated and you are to click a given link to stop the deactivation 🙂

Another said they received a request from “me” to delete my email account and I am to click a given link which will take me to a page where I can cancel the request. Interestingly, such emails have senders’ addresses that are not from the said email providers (Yahoo, Microsoft. Google and others).

A very interesting one is the one that said that the password of my online bank account has been changed and that I should click on a given link to reverse the change. I smiled cos I do not operate an account with the said bank, let alone an online account 🙂 There are still other forms which such malicious spam emails come.

No doubt, a lot of people who received such malicious spam messages, who are not familiar with some current trends in cyber crime or who are not security-conscious, would have fallen victim of such malicious mails.

So, I decided to share with you some useful security tips related to the safe operation of your email accounts, based on my personal experience and interactions with the internet. No doubt, security measures are never enough, but not having any in place would be highly unwise and dangerous!

Check out the following security tips:

1. Be careful with links. Never click on links from suspicious or unknown senders. Even when you know the sender, DO NOT click on links which appear suspicious. If possible, resist clicking on avoidable links from people you know. One deceitful thing about links is that some links are mere traps which take you elsewhere other than where they were supposed to take you. This is called phishing. Some links actually lead to downloading and installing of malicious softwares (virus, worms, spywares, Trojans etc) which either harm your device or steal personal data like PIN numbers and passwords.

2. Activate two-step verification. As a matter of urgency, activate the two-step verification for your email account(s). Microsoft, Google and Yahoo have it as part of their service. This adds a layer of security to your email account(s), which requires a verification code (which will be sent to your phone), in addition to your username and password, to be able to access your account. Please click here to see my post on how to do this for your Yahoo account.

3. Be careful where you log in. Never log into your email account through untrusted links. Ever heard of phishing ? Phishing is the illegal attempt to acquire sensitive personal data such as usernames, passwords, and bank details, often for fraudulent or malicious reasons, by posing as a trusted site you wanted to visit. In simple terms, some links take you to sites which look exactly as the one you thought you were being taken to. There, you reveal sensitive data which are then used for malicious or fraudulent purposes.

4. Block unwanted email addresses. Block email addresses that you do not want to receive mails from. Keep blocking until they stop. Blocking is usually found on the settings page of your email account.

5. Do not open or respond to spam emails. Spam mails or junk mails are simply unsolicited mails that are usually sent in bulk to numerous email accounts, by unknown people. Never open or respond to such mails. Doing so simply alerts the spammer that your email account is active. Hence, they bombard you with more mails or sell your email address to other spammers. A more serious consequence is that some spam mails take you to phishing sites or sites with malicious softwares.

6. Use a strong password. Use a long password that would be hard to guess. A combination of small letters, capital letters, signs and punctuation marks will be adviseable. A short password would definitely not qualify as a hard-to-get password. However, whatever password you use should be easy for you to remember 🙂 Also, be careful where you store your passwords.

7. Regular scans. Run regular scans of your device or computer using regularly updated anti virus. This takes care of malware which roam about on the internet. Some of them, like spywares, are designed to send info like your passwords to their developers. So, if you do not have an anti virus installed, get a good one from your App Store. Its free.

That’s it for now 🙂

No doubt, security measures are never enough,
but not having any in place
would be highly unwise and dangerous! 

Thanks for your time and wishing you safe emailing.

Cheers 🙂

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Michael M.

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2 thoughts on “Some Useful Security Tips About Your Email Accounts

  • August 21, 2016 at 3:54 pm
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    Thanks for this useful info sir

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    • August 23, 2016 at 5:09 pm
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      You are welcome my brother. Tanks for visiting Infoplaze

      Reply

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