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Best practices to keep your email safe

Best practices to keep your email safe

Sometimes I think we have to take care of the even more than our phone number. It could change my number so many times, but never occur to me to change my email address. Currently, we email providers offer several alternative security for us to stay calmer: spam filters, antivirus for attachments, and more. But to take extra precautions, we’ve put together a list of best practices to keep our email account rather safe.

  • Do not leave your email in forums, blog comments, or social networks. You can become the recipient of a huge amount of spam, which fortunately is filtered by the vast majority of email providers. Many bots scan the entire network to find email addresses that have been scattered around to add to databases. As much as this leak later, it never hurts to take extra precautions.
  • Avoid phishing. Phishing attacks are designed to steal users’ personal information, commit fraud, and countless more evil things that can happen in the wonderful world of internet. We have to be careful where we leave our personal information, making sure that they are official channels-for example, the official website of our bank and secure before entering our own, using the https protocol. As for the email, let’s look at the sender and always, just in case, let’s review the official addition of any institution that is that we are sending a message to see if there are any published information on the subject of what we report in the email. You always have to prioritize the official channels of communication.
  • Do not reveal the information of your colleagues or peers in the same way you protect yours. If we are in an email conversation with, for example, individuals who are not of the entity for which we work, we should not give back to people who are not involved, because we do not know so well. So let’s review twice to always know who is in copy. Gmail Lab actually has a very interesting that we can distinguish between people who have similar names, so do not get confused.
  • Make sure you’re sending mail from the appropriate box. Maybe in the same box have multiple email accounts synchronized. Before you send or reply to an email, let’s review we’re sending mail from the box, although this is not automatic. We may be adding another of our addresses, for example, any of these newsletters nightmare from which we can only unsubscribe selling his soul to the devil.
  • Always check the subject before opening an email. This is to avoid opening emails that are spam. For example, if the matter is written in Chinese, the chances are it’s not something that we have to open. Moreover, even if the sender is someone we know, your email account may have been compromised. If your best friend recommends you use certain blue pill because she has worked, clearly this is a case of spam. And you should probably tell your friend.
  • Scan attachments before downloading or opening. An additional precaution we can take to make sure we are out of all danger. It is no doubt the intentions of the person who sent the file, but maybe your computer is infected with virus and not even know it. We can also be a case of spam or phishing. Gmail, for example, makes automatically scan, but once again we can download the file to check.
  • Keep your inbox clean to avoid confusion. Not only to increase our productivity, but also to make sure that everything is under control. Archive emails, delete what you do not need, and make sure you clean the tray daily spam.
  • Do not disclose private information in your emails, sends an encrypted file better. This is obvious. Data from your bank account, your credit card and other personal data are fully only need to be sent via a secure way.
  • Do not respond to emails from people you do not know and do not have any issue related to your life. Although pretend they know you and they need your help, or have something to give, you can be a case of social engineering . Better safe than sorry: if you really want to find, look for another way.
  • Change your password regularly. Forever. And use passwords that are strong enough to resist, as we said in the previous point, some attempt at social engineering.
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