Most people and firms prefer to use emails to convey important messages to their clients and employees and to share other information. People having malicious intentions are known to compromise email accounts of others and cause them losses. There are cases of people hacking accounts and then pretend to be the owners of the account and send messages that ruin the owners reputation. To ensure that data in your account is safe from such threats, one should follow some steps to make the accounts safer. Using a strong password for your account is of importance to make it hard for unauthorized persons to crack it and gain access.
A password should be long and consist of a combination of letters, numbers and special characters which make it difficult to guess. By creating different passwords for each online account, one is being more cautious since even if one is compromised, others will still be safe. Users should consider using verification techniques provided by email providers which make it difficult to gain unauthorized access to accounts not owned. It may prove helpful when one has more than one account especially in situations where one gets cracked since you can continue working with the other.
Some times it is good to have different accounts for different purposes such as chatting with friends and for business reasons. When using different accounts for each category, one separates information and avoids losing all the data when an account is compromised. There is software that can be deployed to regularly scan the system for threats like viruses and other malicious programs. People should also make use of software availed by providers to first check for harmful content in emails. There are many ways of stealing data or compromising an account including sending emails that will do this upon opening.
To avoid falling victim of phishing and other information stealing techniques, it is better to ignore unknown emails or move them to spam folder. Hackers are known to include links in emails which upon clicking open sites requesting for personal information. Attachments can be used to install viruses into a system or destroy data when opened which makes it good to avoid them. Hackers have devised so many tricks to steal information including some buttons that seem harmless. When using a public network and especially WiFi it is advisable to avoid opening or signing in to email accounts. The public networks are not very secure and as such most hackers use this as an advantage to steal and hack into user accounts. A person should consider using spam filters that identify and block emails from sources unknown to the user or those reported by others as malicious.