Why you should secure your email address Part 1

Email security is now one of the most readable and discussed topic on the Internet. Since online security evolves, the same thing happens with attempts to hack email accounts. We’ve gathered some most helpful things to do with your email account we found effective and easy to do:
  • use ssl – this means it is better to use secure transfer instead of non-SSL. For instance for IMAP connection type 993 protocol is more secure than 143. You can change the settings at Spamdrain but before ask your email provider if they support SSL connection (we think they should!).
  • hackers want your personal data – than don’t give it! Easy to use rule is to not reply to strange email message providing your personal data. If you think your bank provider or internet provider is asking you to send some data they never asked before – it’s a sign to double check. For instance, account@googl.com or similar sender could be not so honest and legitimate than actual account@google.com
  • phishing – taking your login/bank details. These are the email messages trying to find your credit card details or any other online money access. Example of such message could be email message from your favorite online store from no-reply@mazoncanada.ca (where “a” is definitely missing), with a general “Dear Client” greeting instead of “Dear Julia” asking you to confirm your identity by clicking on the link. By the way, link could look fine itself, but when you hover over the link it leads to some other content.
  • entering your personal data. Let’s imagine an email message asking you to confirm your age and hey! – there is already a field built-in in the message to enter you birth data. What a smart solution you would think (in this case think without double checking) – you enter the data and click on submit. A few minutes later social media account is hacked? Hmm, definitely birth date is not the best password and entering it into the spam message is not the best action.

Stay tuned and be the first one to read part two next week!

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