Friday, October 12, 2012

You Already Know How to Use Email Safely

Is your email communication really safe? As our online capabilities change rapidly, it can be difficult to know what online behavior is acceptable and what can threaten our cyber security.

Fortunately, secure email solutions are not that difficult to come by. Email safety is not so different from any other sort of safety, so being safe on the internet is simply a matter of applying principles you already know to an online environment.

Take computer viruses, for instance. You know that there are a lot of them and that they can cripple your computer. The internet is the easiest access way between those viruses and your computer, so how do you protect yourself?

How do you protect yourself from actual viruses? You keep yourself healthy (with anti-virus software) and watch what you put into your body. If you do not know where an email comes from, you should no more open that email than eat an unidentified object off of the floor. If you only accept emails from sites or people that you know, viruses will have a difficult time getting in through your email.

Another major concern with email security is your password being hacked. Many people use their username as their password. This and other simple passwords are an incredibly bad idea. Many people do banking and manage their credit cards online. If someone hacks the password of your email, they can not only access your communications, they can also request your bank and credit card log in information.

To put it another way, would you feel secure if anyone who knew your birthday could walk into your bank and access your accounts? Because using your birthday as your password allows hackers to do the online version of that. Make your password longer. Include at least one number and one capital letter. Make sure that your password will not be something that even you can guess.

Finding secure email solutions is not difficult. It requires only that you think about what your email could allow others to access and take the same kind of precautions you would take in the physical word. If you do that, your chances of running into problems with email security will be greatly reduced.

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