5 Tips for Protecting Your Email Account from Security Threats

The most common cyber threats that criminals use today are email threats. That is why it is important to protect yourself and your business so that your personal and/or company information does not get hacked. Ottawa IT support specialists like Grade A can help make sure your information stays private. Here are some tips to help you along the way:

Checking your security structure

The most important step is making sure your security structure isn’t vulnerable to attacks and to identify if there are any weaknesses in your IT infrastructure. Once you know where your security lies, you can then take the appropriate measures moving forward.

Stronger passwords/different password across accounts.

A lot of people like to use passwords that are easy to remember such as a child’s name or birthday, but when selecting a password it is best to not use words that are found in the dictionary, or common words such as “password.” It is best to have upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. Make sure its unique but something that you can remember and no one else can figure out.

Also it is better to have different passwords for different accounts so even if someone hacks one account, they don’t have the password to access your other accounts too.

Have multiple email accounts

It is best to have more than one email account because if you have all your emails going to one place it makes it easier to get email threats and they have all of your personal information. If you have separate email accounts for work, personal friends, and family and another for things such as store newsletters, that is the ideal situation. Not only are you protected, but you will be more productive because everything is organized.

Watch for attachments and links

Unless you are expecting an attachment or a link from a known sender, do not click on it. Even links seemingly related to an account you just registered for can be fake and you never know where they will take you. It is always best to know the sender, or confirm what the file actually is before clicking on it.

Simple Logic

A lot of people receive emails, and think, “this is too good to be true.” In most cases it probably is too good to be true, especially if the sender is someone you don’t know, or someone you didn’t contact first. Make sure to delete the email right away so it’s not sitting in your inbox.

If there are any questionable things happening with your security, contact your Ottawa IT support specialists right away to make sure you aren’t at risk.

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