Your email is a powerful tool that you can use to communicate in work, in your business transactions and even among your friends. However, when you are not careful, you could get attacked and more and more people’s email have been attacked by hackers. If you are not careful, you could become a victim too. When your email gets hacked, it can be used in illegal transactions and hackers can attack the people that are in your contacts. Here are some tips to protect your email from being hacked.
Your email ID and your password are yours only
No company has the right to ask for your email id and your email either through unsolicited email or through a phone call. When someone asks this from you through phone, no doubt that person is a hacker. Never give it to them no matter what. They will use the email and password to access your account and will try to solicit money from your contacts, send spam emails and other bad things using your email. Protect your email id and password at all times.
Protect your computer at all times
If you don’t have an antivirus or any kind of protection installed in your computer, you are putting yourself to risk. Your email and your password can be attacked anytime. To protect yourself you must install your computer with antivirus programs. You don’t have to worry about payment because there are antivirus programs that can be downloaded and installed absolutely free. Be careful also of connecting to wireless networks. Always turn on your security features every time you connect to a wireless network.
Come up with a secure password
Sometimes, hackers don’t need to have your password. They can have your email address and try to guess your password among the common passwords used by many users. Never use your name, your spouse name, the name of your pet and your birthday as your password. Instead of using simple passwords try to come up with something that is very hard to guess. Most email companies today advice their users to use alphanumeric digits as their password. Use series of numbers and letters as a password. You can use a pattern but for safety reasons, use a random set of numbers and letters. You can even use special characters in your password. When you do this, you’ll have the hackers guessing what your password really is.
You are only prone to attack when you are not careful and vigilant in guarding your email and your password. Remember that prevention is still the best defense and one of the ways to prevent would be to install antivirus programs and turn on security features such as your Windows Firewall. You can also follow the tips listed above so you can browse the internet anytime anywhere without worrying about possible hacker attacks.