There used to be a time when sending mail meant writing a letter, placing it in an envelope, setting a stamp on it and then mailing it. Back then, you would have to wait for days before the receiver would get to read the letter and then send a reply. Well, we have been doing this till now but mostly for different motives and not simply to correspond. Communicating has become more handy and convenient for us now because of the development of the electronic mail or e-mail.
These days, sending a mail is a piece of cake, all it requires to send a mail is turn on your computer, connect it to the Internet, load your e-mail client, compose your message and just send it to whomever you want. In a wink, the receiver would get the message, read it, write a reply and just send it as a reply of your mail. All this happens in a blink of an eye without you having to leave your computer chairs. There are vast amounts of potential threats you could face if you are not taking the right steps to stay safe.
Here we’ve got some quick tips for you to follow and keep your private information and computer out of danger:
Always Use a Strong Password
No matter how many walls you have placed around your email, there is still a key for inclusive access: your password. A strong password is intended to be complicated and therefore difficult to crack or guess. If you want to generate a sufficiently complex password, it must consist of at least eight characters or longer. We recommend you to use a combination of upper case and lower case letters including one numeric or special character (such as @,#,%,*,&,+, etc.). Also, you can have a pass-phrase or sentence that makes your password stronger than ever before because it’s not only hard for others to crack but also easy for you to remember.
Install an Antivirus Scanner
Most of the antivirus programs have a scanner that scans every inbound and outbound mail for any potential threats that can be involved within a message or its attachment. Antivirus software doesn’t just check your email to keep you secured but also protects you from contracting viruses via websites. Turning this feature on can provide you with an additional layer of security.
Your Email Client Should Be Up To Date
If you use an email client such as Mozilla Thunderbird and Microsoft Outlook to read all of your emails, then you need to be always up to date by checking for updates to your software. Do it because the developers keep releasing updates to these programs over time to fix any type of security vulnerabilities that they may have discovered after the software is released or even after the most recent released update.
Stay Away From Clicking Suspicious Links
Be careful with suspicious messages. If an email sounds suspicious in any way, never click on any of the links it contains. The email can contain a suspicious link that is used to steal your personal information. If you don’t trust the sender, don’t ever click links or reply with any personal information.
We hope that this article will help you stay safe and secure while using emails.