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How can I protect my email inbox?

Our lives are increasingly taking place within the digital sphere. The explosion of online technology has provided so many business benefits that users can take advantage of.

However, a number of disadvantages have reared their head over the last few years and there are a number of individuals out there who look to target unsuspecting users.

Theft, spam, phishing………users are constantly having their email accounts hacked or subjected to suspicious content that can have the potential to cause severe damage. Of course, online security in general is very much at the forefront of peoples’ minds in the wake of the recent Heartbleed bug that exposed so many vulnerabilities. It is likely that you will be thinking about protecting your online presence, especially your email account.

So, what can you do to protect your email inbox? Here are some top tips that you should be aware to make your account less of a target for hackers:

  • Change your password often – Make it a habit to change your password at least once a month.  This cuts access to unwanted users.  A number of organizations often require frequent password changes to secure important emails and any important attachments. You never know when a hacker might suddenly decide to attack your inbox so it is best to play it safe. The consequences can be much worse if you don’t.
  • Don’t make the password obvious – When changing your password, don’t use something obvious like a birthday, name or even words that have two of the same letter. Make sure that you come up with a combination of upper-case letters, lower-case letters and numbers with a minimum of 8 characters. The longer your password, the harder it is for someone to pin it down.
  • Hide it away – Once you have chosen your password, write it down and hide the sheet of paper somewhere where you’re the only one who knows it. Once you have memorized it, make sure that the paper is destroyed.
  • Do not tick the remember password box on a shared or public computer – If you do this, you are giving other people easy access to your email account. Also, make sure that you have signed out and cleared your browsing history before leaving the computer.
  • Never tell ANYONE your password – If there are ever cases where you have to give someone access to your emails, change the password after. It is better to be safe than sorry, even if you trust the person.

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