Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most businesses have moved to some kind of online system. Many employees are now working from home, and businesses are learning to function in a new way. Email has become the preferred method of communication and most meetings are now held over Zoom.
That means it is a good time to brush up on security tips for your technology. And securing your email account is even more important than ever!
Here’s a list of 5 tips for securing your email account:
- Choose a secure email service.
Not every email service is created equally. Choosing a secure email service is the first step to creating a secure email account. You want to look for a server that uses a Secure Socket Layer (SSL). SSL’s protect your network from being tapped into by using an encrypted link to connect a web server and a browser. Look for web addresses that start with “https” instead of “http” to ensure you are using an SSL encryption.
- Use a strong password.
We know you have eight million passwords to remember already! We also know that you most likely use a similar version of the same word or phrase for every one of them too. Your email is an important one to make unique and strong though! Make sure to use a combination of letters and numbers, with a least one uppercase letter, and one special character. Use a word or phrase that’s familiar to you but not easy to guess. Stay away from birthdays, anniversaries and kids’ names too.
- Add a layer of verification.
The majority of people simply use their password to sign in to their account. But there are options available to add a layer of verification that can make your account more secure. For example, you can set up your account so that the user has to know your password, as well as have access to your unlocked phone. After entering the password, the sign-on will then require a code that is texted to your phone. This way, even if someone were to guess your password, they still couldn’t get into your account.
- Monitor which sites and apps can access your account.
When you use your email account to log into another site, that site can request basic information about your account. Other sites and apps that have been connected to your account can both see and change information within your account. You can check which pages are linked to your account on the security page within the settings of your account. From there you can change and remove any platforms that you no longer utilize or trust.
- Make a habit of closing your browser.
Closing out your web browser after use is an easy step to securing your email account. It is especially important to do this when you are logging into your account on a foreign device. Leaving the browser open makes your email vulnerable to hackers, or even non-hackers that may stumble upon your account. It is a good security measure to close out your browser each time you log into your account, even if you are using your home computer.
Securing your email account is simple and easy with these 5 tips. Now that you may be using email as your primary method of communication, you must be mindful of security. No one wants to go through the hassle of having their email hacked.
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