Email is the most common form of web communication today, it is also the login most people use for other online account registration, for those reasons it is susceptible to hackers. If your account is hacked, that “hacker” may now have potential access to not just your email account, but other sensitive accounts as well.
To avoid being a victim of hackers here are some steps to follow in safe guarding yourself:
- Use a strong password for your Email, and make this password, and all of your other passwords unique to just that specific login. Using the same password for all of your accounts makes all your accounts vulnerable in an instance where any of them are maliciously compromised.
- Know who you are communicating with – Email attachments that contain malware are also popular vessels for cyber mayhem. The easiest way to avoid these scams is by not clicking the links or attachments. Instead, open another tab, and go to the website of the company in the email or link to see if the information presented matches the official source. As a general rule, never open links or download attachments from unknown senders.
- Whether a home user or a small business owner, identifying who and what is on your network is as important as ever, as unauthorized users could be trying to hack into your system. Ensure you change the admin password for your router and set your Wi-Fi password to something really strongthat a hacker could not crack.
- Whenever a security update is released for your operating system, update it immediately. Consider this a basic tenet of information security.
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