Email Security Guidelines

Email Security Guidelines

Security is one of the most important parameters, which is needed by everyone in current times, be it personal, computer, or network-related like email security. The following article provides information about the best options regarding this type of security.
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Strong Password
This is the first fundamental step. You should be very careful while choosing a password for your email account. Avoid the ones that can be easily guessed like your birth date, phone number, initials, or any other similar personal details. A medium length (at least 8 characters) alpha-numeric password can be decided. Also, instead of writing it down in your diary, or on any other piece of paper, memorize it.

Spam Filter
Unless you activate such a filter, you will surely receive a minimum of 10 spam emails per day. Spam constitutes nearly 65 percent of all worldwide email traffic. Opening such emails, and clicking on any of the links that they contain, will surely invite trouble (not to mention a dangerous computer virus). Thus, by activating your account's spam filter, in most cases, the potentially dangerous emails are diverted to a spam folder, where they can be deleted easily.

A common example of such attacks is a fraudulent email that is sent to you by an Internet fraudster, posing as an executive associate of your bank, and requesting you to reply with certain personal details or bank account information, failing which, your account will be penalized with a heavy fine. Innocent and ignorant users often fall prey to such frauds and Internet hoaxes, and end up being conned. Another potential threat of giving out personal details is landing up in a messy case of identity theft. Phishing attacks are presently on the rise, and therefore, always remain alert, and verify the authenticity of the sender before you reveal any personal details.

Most Internet and email viruses are sent in the form of attachments. They appear in such a way that mostly, the user will click on them. Once this happens, the virus that is hidden in these files starts creating havoc. Therefore, you should be very careful while opening emails that contain such attachments. Make it a point to study the email's subject and the sender's validity, before you open any attachment.

Although, many email providers have a system, wherein an email or an attachment is scanned for viruses by default, you should make it a point to install some good and effective anti-virus software on your computer that has built-in email scanning features, as it could come in handy.

It is your personal responsibility to always be aware of all the latest happenings with regard to viruses, frauds, scams, security, etc. Being up-to-date with everything that is happening in the world of Internet, can often protect you and your email account.
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