I became a victim when my Yahoo! email account was hacked and spam mails were sent to multiple email addresses. It was all my fault! In this article, we will see what precautionary measures should be taken to secure your email account.
Non-ethical Hackers are always trying to find new ways to sneak past the security checks and cause havoc. Hacking email accounts and sending emails to an user's contacts with spam links or other unsolicited links is one of the most common incidences that people like us face.
When I came to know that my email account was hacked, it was too late. My account had been misused and I definitely do not want the same to happen to others and that is the purpose of this article.
WHY TO SECURE YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT?
Let's just assume that your email account was hacked and you realized it few weeks later like me. So, what might actually go wrong? It's just an email address, right? WRONG!
Your email account says a lot about you. If you use the same email account for everything you do on the Internet, then it is definitely not good news.
Below are some of the effects and how you might be affected when your email account is hacked:
- Your Internet Banking details will be at risk
- All your email contacts can be misused
- Your email account can be used to send spam mailers and bulk emails
- Easy to attack someone with Viruses and Malware using your email account
HOW CAN I SAFEGUARD MY EMAIL ACCOUNT?
There are different ways to safeguard your email account. Below are the important ones:
- Keep a strong password for your email account which haven't been used before. Read this Wikipedia article about Password Strength.
- Change your email account password every 60 days (recommended). I would prefer changing it every 30 days.
- Do not disclose your email account password details to Family (unless it is a shared account) or Friends, unless necessary and urgent.
- Do not save email account passwords, any passwords on any insecure websites on the Internet.
- Set up a two-factor authentication for your email account. Most of the email service providers have this facility.
- Set up a recovery email address to get notified in the event an attack happens on your original email account.
- Do not click any links within your email that appears to be spam. If you have doubts, right click the link in your email and copy link address. Then open any text editor and paste the copied link. You can then check and analyze if it was a spam link.
- Use a good Antivirus that also has the feature to scan your emails for potentially unwanted programs (PUP), viruses or malware.