Adjusting your security settings for each of your email accounts is a must, but don’t stop there if you’re serious about your inboxes’ safety.
Being keen on your online safety means developing a proactive and cautious mindset. Here are 10 more things you can do to keep your inbox safe and sound:
1. Separate your email addresses
To limit the impact that a cyber threat can have on your inbox, I recommend you set up at least 2 email addresses. You can either separate them according to professional and personal use or keep one for sensitive accounts and use the other for things like newsletter subscriptions and other trivial matters.
At the same time, you’ll need at least 2 email addresses, so you can use one as an alternate. Key advice: never, ever reuse passwords and never, ever, ever set the same password for your email addresses.
2. Put a bit of effort into your password hygiene
A good password is long and complicated. It’s also difficult to remember. But password management doesn’t have to be complicated, if you know how to handle it.
Use a password manager and forget about your worries. Also, make sure you enable two-factor authentication whenever it’s available. If it’s not, maybe you should reconsider your choice of email provider.
3. Protect your smartphone
Because I mentioned two-factor authentication, I have to remind you that this security layer depends on how well you secure your smartphone.
4. Log into your email accounts from a secure browser
Securing your inbox also depends on how you access it. Make sure the browser you use is up to date and safe.
5. Don’t connect apps to your email account
If you give a third-party app full access to your inbox, this makes you vulnerable to cyber attacks. The app can be compromised and, as a consequence, cyber criminals would gain unhindered access to all your emails and their contents.
6. Stop oversharing private information
Never give away your email address to just anyone who asks for it (also, that’s why you should have multiple email addresses).
7. Don’t jump connecting to any free public Wi-Fi network
This type of temptation is the strongest during holidays. You want to just send a quick email with vacation pictures, so you connect to the cafe’s Wi-fi network. But have you stopped to think about the chance that some low-level cyber crook is manipulating the network to collect usernames and passwords?
8. Don’t store default passwords
Change your default password and delete the email, cutting the chances of a cyber criminal attack which could spread to compromise additional account.
9. Keep your eyes peeled for phishing and scams
Most successful online scams always start with an initial email sent to a potential victim. These scams rely on social engineering techniques that can tricks even the most experienced Internet users. Train yourself to spot online scams and phishing attempts, which often rely on impersonating trusted entities or people in your life to get you to give up your data.
10. Keep your software up to date
As I just mentioned, email is usually the first step in the malware infection chain. People simply don’t pay enough attention to the emails they open and what they click on once they’ve opened them. Even malware sent in spam emails still works.
Cyber criminals often use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files to deliver malware to unsuspecting victims. But if your system is up to date and protected with multiple layers of security, the chances you’ll suffer a cyber attack are significantly lower.
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