ONLINE SECURITY: e-mail (Part 1 of 4)


Online world is an insecure place. Hacking trend is the coolest among the “youngsters” these days.

“Don’t wait until you’ve been hacked.”

Your personal and confidential data is vulnerable, if proper steps are not taken to secure them. No need to worry, I am all here to help you; you just need to follow some simple steps to keep your personal data safe and sound.

This blog is going to be in 4 part series on how to stay safe online. In this blog, I will focus on how to protect your Email account. Next blog will be about securing your Social accounts followed by tips for setting secured password and some general tips to stay safe online.

Email is the most critical element used as daily communication in today’s business world and that makes the email security more significant. Thousands of personal email accounts are hacked every day. It will just take few minutes from your busy schedule to follow the simple guidelines given below:

1. Keep your password secret

Never share your password with anyone.

 “Your password should be treated like a toothbrush: do not share it, and change it regularly!”      

Also never keep same password for more than one account, it increases chances of your account being hacked exponentially.
I’ll post a detailed blog post about passwords later in this blog series.

 2. Avoid Spams     

Clicking on spam emails or links can cause identity theft or virus infection. It’s always a good idea to create a spam filter.
Remember “Nothing is free in this world!” so if the email is too good to be true, it’s suspicious! Never reply to such emails.

 3.  2- Factor Authentication

 Two-factor authentication is one of the best things you can do to make sure your account doesn’t get hacked.

Passwords aren’t as secured as before, if someone knows your password they can access your account without any problem. In such cases even having a strong password won’t help. Two-factor authentication solves this problem.

Two-factor authentication requires “something you know” (like a password) and “something you have” (like your phone). After you enter your password, you’ll get a second code sent to your phone, and only after you enter it will you get into your account.

You can enable it here, or check out Google’s documentation for more info.

4. Different email accounts

If you want to share your email address on the internet then use a separate email address made just for that purpose. Do not keep anything personal on such accounts.
Also do not daisy-chain your accounts, just in case one account get hacked, others are also vulnerable.

 5. Recovery options

Add alternate recovery address and phone number for recovery, they can be used to recover your account in case your account is hacked. Also add a security question which only you can answer.

 That’s it for now. If you have any questions or comments, do post them below in the comment section. Stay tuned for my next blog about securing social accounts which will be up in few days.

About Dhwanik Mehta

Dhwanik is a ROM developer and security freak. Three A's inspire him i.e Android, Archeology and Astronomy. He loves digging into history, and is crazy for "NUTELLA" .
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