How Can You Protect Your E-Mail Account?

by Nancy Phillippi 20. July 2013 10:37

How safe is your e-mail account? Would it be a relatively easy matter for devious hackers to break into your account? And what would happen if they did? Think about all the spam messages and phishing schemes hackers can launch using your e-mail account. The good news is, you can do something to safeguard your e-mail account, and a recent blog by the New York Times explains how to do this. The best news? Protecting yourself doesn't require a lot of work.

Updates

First, the Times recommends that you never disregard the updates provided for you by the makers of your computer’s operating system, e-mail program and security software. Yes, updating your computer frequently can certainly be a hassle. Nevertheless these updates often contain necessary protections against hackers and cybercriminals. If you don’t update, you might be sorry.

Passwords

Next, the Times recommends that you protect your e-mail account with a password that is harder to hack. This suggests bypassing simple, easy-to-guess passwords such as your street address, children's names or birthdays. Instead, create passwords that contain a series of letters, symbols and numbers. The more varied your password, the better luck you will have at warding off hackers.

Doing the two-step

As the Times writes, your biggest protection against hackers would be two-step authentication. Under such a system, you’ll have to provide two pieces of information to log into your e-mail account. You might first need to provide a traditional password. Then you might need to enter a secret code sent to you smartphone any time you log onto your e-mail account on a different computer. Again, this extra step will keep the hackers out of your e-mail account.

Nancy Phillippi, Sales and Marketing Manager at Custom Information Services (CIS) for Microsoft Dynamics GP. CIS is a Dynamics GP Silver ERP Partner located in North Texas. CIS also offers Managed IT and Network Services.

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