The Dangers of Emailing
The Internet is made for instant messaging and e-mail. However, these two methods of communication can be just as dangerous when the person sending an e-mail doesn’t keep his/her online activities safe from prying eyes.
Such information could end up in the wrong hands and be used against the sender. Imagine a marriage proposal gone wrong. The bride’s parents would use her e-mail address to harass the innocent bride-to-be and ruin her self-esteem.
Many sites now have added security features that act as a precautionary measure when it comes to the security of any account. However, some people just forget to check the e-mail account settings. In such cases, it is advisable to provide personal information only to the site administrator.
There are also secure systems where users are required to enter their username and password when they register to such password security. Although this gives the user some protection but it is important to verify that the password is kept private.
General email security includes the two-step authentication.
A user should enter his/her e-mail id only once; the second time, a verification is asked to confirm his/her identity. It is advisable to choose a random password for each e-mail account to prevent hackers from gaining access to the account.
Emails are usually sent from an external server, so it is important to take precautions. To start with, remember to ensure that the servers don’t use spam filters. A spam filter just searches through all the e-mails to pick out spam messages and discard them.
Avoid using email programs which will automatically forward the emails to more than one address. The purpose of such software is not to avoid spam but to be able to manage email attachments. There is no point in deleting attachments from your e-mail box because they will be opened anyway.
Save your passwords. Password helpdesk has become very important these days. It is always better to have a password helpdesk along with an online backup of the passwords so that you can rollback to a previous backup if you lose your password.
Using a throw away or disposable e-mail address is probably the best way to avoid spam. In fact, it has become more important these days as spammers are finding it easy to mask their e-mail address. They will use different names for different e-mail accounts.
Also, if you want to subscribe to a mailing list or a newsletter that is going to send you promotional materials, ensure that you use a different e-mail address for this purpose. Avoid using the same email address for other purposes. It is also advisable to use different e-mail accounts for the business and personal e-mails.
In addition, don’t allow anyone to use your passwords. Always remember to protect the passwords as well. It is possible that you may not remember to do this but you certainly will know if someone tries to get into your e-mails.
These are some of the tips on how to improve your email security measures. If you follow these tips, you can be sure that your e-mail account is being kept safe from the prying eyes of hackers.