Ways to Protect your Email Account
Emails have enabled a most reliable, convenient and fast mode of communicating via the internet. Companies, businesses and also individuals utilize email when communicating or relaying info because of the ease of delivery and the lower costs involved. Actually today almost every person in our various fields of work or school use emails such as Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Hotmail etc.
But a quick look at the inbox of your email, you will agree that most of the mails that you get are spam. It could be an advertisement from a company seeking to make a sale on their product or service, which might not be troubling that much; it could also be a scary mail whereby in the mail there might be an attachment of an unwanted computer program such as a virus and when the attachment is opened or downloaded, you computer runs at risk of malfunction or corruption of system operations.
A spam mail could also be a phishing attempt which is intended to scam you your money or credit card info or it could be a mail from cyber criminals who have become more savvy and send mails luring unsuspecting email users so that they can swindle them cash through messages that purport to you that you have won a certain amount of money, or they may pretend to be terminally ill and in urgent need of cash to cater for hospital bills or they may lure you with large sums of money left for you for inheritance, legacy etc.
Therefore, to have a good experience when using an email account, you need to be vigilant and most importantly report and scam email that you suspect to the email account provider. Apart from that, there are several ways that you can protect yourself from email scams. They include:
Using anti-spam filters
Most email account providers such as Yahoo, Gmail etc have pre-installed spam filters in their email accounts hence any m ail which is suspected to be spam is filtered for you and instead being delivered into your inbox it’s delivered in a special spam folder thus minimizing the number of spam mails that may get onto your inbox.
However, some spam mails especially from newly configured email account may find their way to your inbox since the account provider may not know that they may be spam mails. Therefore it’s advisable to always report spam mails hence deterring cyber criminals from accessing your inbox again or those of others because their emails are blacklisted after reporting.
Use mail providers with a secure transfer protocol
Mail providers who use a secured transfer protocol which can easily be noticed on the web address of the email account offer a rich experience with low risk of interference from cyber criminals. Normally the web address starts as http://zyx.com but a secure web address will be https://zyx.com meaning that the transfer of any info is secured hence not prone to phishing.
Refrain from giving your email account on online platforms such as forums, social media etc because it might land into the hands of an unscrupulous person.
When checking mails, ensure that you are careful and only respond to mails that you are certainly sure that they are from genuine sources. Look at the web addresses of the sender and identify if they are trying to dupe you with a web address almost similar to a genuine one that is trusted.
Use stronger passwords for accessing your email account
This helps prevent your account from getting hacked.