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Email Security Best Practices

How safe is your email? Information stored and sent in an email is vulnerable. Knowing the best steps to take to secure your emails can help your inbox from being compromised. With some basic email security best practices you can ensure you private emails stay private.

The following best practices will help keep your emails protected:

  • Create a strong password – This may come to no surprise, but having a strong password helps protect unwanted hackers from gaining access to your email account. To ensure you have a strong password, it needs to be complex. Complex passwords should contain 8 or more characters made up of upper case & lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. Complex passwords take a considerable amount of time to crack and changing your password every few months can also minimize your risk. 
     
  • Keep your browser clear – It may be convenient to store your passwords on your browsers; however, it comes at a cost. If a hacker gains access to your computer they could easily compromise your email account, along with other information you may have stored. By changing your settings to delete cookies every time you close your browser will help keep unwanted guests from gaining access. 
     
  • Don’t open attachments in unfamiliar emails – This seems to be well known now; however, email attachments have become one of the most popular ways to circulate malware. With just one click you could download harmful spyware and not even know it. Only open files from familiar sources. 
     
  • Don’t click on suspect links – If you are unsure about clicking on the link, chances are you shouldn't click on it. Don’t click on unfamiliar links, it may take you to an unspecified location and possible infect your device with malware. 
     
  • Avoid unsecured WiFi – Hackers can view traffic on a public WiFi networks so it is best to avoid unsecured connections. Also, always take steps to secure your own WiFi network at home.