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How To Protect Your Email From Hackers

Updated on January 4, 2014
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Overview

E-mail is used for any electronic document transmission before.

Nowadays, we use e-mail address whenever we sign-in to other websites like Facebook, live stream a movie from Netflix, send an email with a PDF attached, banking, credit card and online payment websites.

Since e-mail contains personal information and messages that you are not happy to share, it is important that you keep yourself protected and take control of your personal information by increasing e-mail protection.

There are 6 methods that we can use to protect or e-mails from hackers:

1. Generate Stronger Passwords

If you have stronger passwords, it will add more safety to your account and helping you to have more security on online transactions.

You should be aware if your password is long, complex, varied and differences with other passwords that you have used in e-mails.

Things To Remember:

* Sometimes, it is smart to keep 8-15 character password to make it difficult to guess.

* You should also make it complex by adding upper and/or lowercase letters, punctuation marks, symbols, and numbers.

* Consider replacing your passwords on your e-mail every three months especially if it is used on banking, credit card and online payment websites.

* What makes it stronger password? Do not use your former passwords, own name, dictionary words in any language, common names. You should also avoid keyword patterns and sequence like abcdefg, qwerty, asdfghjkl, etc.

2. Harder to guess Security question

If you want to strengthen your security information, then you should come up with security questions to make it difficult for the hackers to open your e-mail.

What will you need to come up with great security questions?

* Questions should contain 5 to 100 characters and use only letters and numbers.

* The right answers to the questions should contain 4 to 32 characters. You should use only letters and numbers.

* Security questions cannot include the answer.

* Questions should not be the same

* Answers to two security questions should not be the same.

How To Update Security Questions In Yahoo

3. If you are using Yahoo email, create a sign-in seal.

This is a secret message or picture that Yahoo only displays on a particular computer. When you have seen the seal each time you sign-in, you are certain that you are on authentic Yahoo site. If you did not see the message, photo or different colors are being shown, then you probably visit a phishing site.

4. You can try using second sign-in verification.

If Yahoo did not recognize the device or location after signing in your account then they will ask you a second verification step. When you set up your verification, you will have two choices: a.) use either your security questions or supported mobile number for verification. b.) Use only your mobile number for verification

If you are using Google and you need a stronger protection of your email, you should use 2-step verification. Verification codes will be sent to you every time you sign-in your account through your primary number or you can use backup numbers. when your primary is not available.

5. You must use anti-virus software to protect yourself from virus and suspicious softwares.

Suspicious softwares that can be found online:

a. Keylogger - a software that can record the keystrokes you type on keyboard and send it to the hacker.

b. Trojan - it is also known as remote administrative tools, which hacker used to get your e-mail password and access to your computer to see all the activities that you are performing.

c. RAT - inbuit keylogger that retrieves your password and other important information.

When you use anti-virus software on your computer, you are protecting yourself, your password, your computer and other important information. Make sure that your anti-virus software is up to date and try to complement it with a good Firewall software.

6. Do not share your passwords and do not save your passwords on a public computer to prevent hacking of your e-mail account and scamming from other online users.

Windows usually records critical information such as passwords, websites that you have visited and much more. When a person has an access to the computer that you previously used, that person can discover your password using special software or stored passwords in web browsers. This situation can be harmful sometimes.

Tips to protect your email

* Use strong password generator to come up with stronger password

* Try to discover the security measures of your e-mail address. Some e-mail providers give their users some extra security measures like sign-in seals and identity verification method.

* You should prevent sign-in to your e-mail accounts from untrusted computers

* Always think and use different passwords for different accounts

* Do not disclose to other people your secret answer or password while chatting

* Replace your password regularly

* Avoid using suspicious and less popular software

Personal Experience

I have been using an e-mail address for many years without getting hacked. Maybe because I am more careful in saving my passwords and my security questions are harder to answer by a stranger. I only experienced of having a compromised e-mail address last year. I have noticed that there are few sent e-mails from my hotmail address, which I am not aware of. The e-mails that the hacker have been sent contain some spammy links. It is a good thing that I only have few contacts on that e-mail address so the hacker did not send too many e-mails. I changed my password right away with a stronger password.

I thought that will be my first and last experience of getting hacked until I receive a Google mail: "Suspicious sign-in prevented." I was informed that someone recently used my password to sign-in to my Google Account and this person was using an application such as an email client or mobile device. Fortunately, the Google prevented the sign-in attempt because of suspicion that this may be a hacker, who tried to access my account. I was told that the sign-in attempt is made from the location: Shenyang, Liaoning, China. I notice the difference of location so I am sure it was not me and it is made by a hacker. That's why I signed in to my account and reset my password right away. And I also applied the two-step verification to prevent this nightmare in the near future. I hope that my hubpage helps you in protecting your e-mail more.

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    • iluvceleb profile imageAUTHOR

      iluvceleb 

      4 years ago

      I have not tried the backing up email account but it is a good suggestion.

    • thetechno profile image

      thetechno 

      4 years ago

      Very helpful tips. I was reading a similar article on other blog http://tapnet.com/blog/protect-and-secure-your-ema... Most of the points are similar and I found some interesting points on your both posts.

      On Tapnet post they discuss about "Backup your email account". I think this is most simplest way. what you think?

      overall Great article.

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