Here are some pretty good tips for using email on the Internet more securely. As you may know, email sent to your computer is a prime source for phishing attacks and identity theft. I found it on iPayX, a secure epayment website.
“Email has swiftly become one of the most-used communication methods in the world. Millions upon millions of messages are sent every day. A huge number of these messages are spam, malicious or otherwise dangerous to the average user. An old, established email address may get a thousand spam messages or more each month. How do you protect yourself from these malicious messages?” Here is a summary of their tips:
Use Multiple Accounts- use different accounts for online bills, employment search, online purchases, and then one for spam generated by website accounts for which you impulsively sign up.
Change Passwords Regularly- this is a good practice for all computer use, not just email accounts. Change passwords more often for mail accounts that are of higher risk, containing more important messages…such as bill payment messages and any others that contain personally identifiable information that can be used for identity theft.
Create Unique Passwords for Every Site- If you use one password for every email account you have and one of them is compromised, that password can be used to access all of your email accounts. If, however, you use different passwords and one is compromised, you are still protected by the others.
Be Aware of Phishing- Don’t be lured by impressive messages that ask you to click on a link. It may well take you to a malicious site that will immediately infect your computer with malware, or worse.
Don’t Open Attachments- Attachments can contain malware which will load itself onto your computer when opened.
Avoid Public WiFi- Public WiFi places such as restaurants, and especially at airports; are usually monitored by cyber thieves who can capture your account information, sign-on passwords, and personally identifiable information from your email accounts.
Block HTML/XML Messages by Default- HTML and XML, computer languages used in websites, can easily contain malicious code that will infect your computer with malware.
Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.
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