First of all, make sure your account security settings are correct. Then follow our top tips for email security.
1. Have a back-up email addresses
Common sense dictates that if one eMail account fails, you need a back-up address. A minimum of 2 addresses is strongly recommended.
One or more business address and one or more personal addresses is an ideal option to separate sensitive accounts from more general use; subscriptions, event registrations, downloads, surveys etc.
As always, for each account use a unique password and follow password best practice.
2. Password best practice
Too many people use the same password over and over again. An ideal password is unique and regularly changed. Consider the use of non-dictionary words, numbers, hashtags, characters and don’t make it easy.
Never use birthdays or other dates you freely promote on your social media channels! When you make your range of passwords as difficult as possible, you may need to employ a password manager.
Consider, two-factor authentication – as much is takes a little more time and slight inconvenience.
3. Don’t forget in this mobile world, your smartphone may be the first line of attack
Your smartphone must have a password code or fingerprint access. Weak smartphone security can be an open door to your otherwise well protected laptop, desktop and network devices.
4. Your email account may be safe but ……
Wherever possible, do not use public devices to access your email.
5. Information is considered private for a reason!
6. Free public Wi-Fi may be a security free for all
If you really have to use free wi-fi – do not login to your email account and certainly do not login to any bank or online transaction website!
7. Scammers also love phishing
Your email account will no doubt have received one of those messages. They have evolved from Nigerian princes with millions of dollars to some very clever techniques designed to fool even the most intelligent of targets.
Stick to the tried and tested safety rules:
8. Do the work – do the updates
First line of defence – make sure you keep your software up-to-date. A few seconds or minutes may save hours, days or months of hassle. Consider a good, reliable, real-time anti-virus and back-up your data and conduct regular scans.
And remember, if you have an attitude that it can never happen to you, it can and probably will – unless your assess your risk and take preventative action.
To find out more how EVC Marketing can help you with our cyber security services, contact us today.