Post by: Vennes Su | LifeStyle IT | Published on: 10/17/2016
Hackers target email accounts because it contains a lot of information that are valuable. Hackers can make use of your email account by accessing your calendar and contact data. They can track your schedule and send out spam or malicious emails from your email to your contacts. These emails may contain links and spyware that once its open, the other end is infected without even knowing it. This can cause a domino effect, infecting your contacts and theirs and so on.
Here are 3 tips to help you protect your email from hackers:
1. Create a Strong and Unique Password for all your Accounts
Hackers use programs to figure out weak passwords and majority of the time people tend to reuse passwords. Once they get one password of yours, they will try it on all your accounts. So creating a strong password is crucial. Also, create a different password for your other accounts will add an additional layer. To help you remember all your unique passwords, try using a password manager to store your credentials.
- Is at least eight characters long (the longer, the better)
- Uses uppercase and lowercase letters
- Includes numbers, but not in a predictable pattern such as 123
- Uses special characters (e.g., question mark, ampersand, percent sign) when possible
2. Get Educated about Phishing and Spear Phishing
What is phishing or spear phishing emails?
“Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”
Why is it important?
Phishing emails are created to look like legitimate emails sent from someone you know. They usually contain links or attachments in hopes of someone clicking on it which allows the hacker in. You should never open emails if:
- you’ve received an email from someone you don’t know
- containing an attachment
- containing a link
- or if the email looks compromised
3. Secure Your Computer
Email is only one way you can be infected. Another way is simply by surfing the web. Either clicking on a link or going to a site that has been infected or clicking on a pop-up ad, chances are, it probably contains some sort of virus. There are different types of viruses, for example, some malware work behind the scene by obtaining data through logging your keystrokes or searches your computer for credentials then relaying this information back to the hacker.
To make matters worse, if you’re someone that brings your own computer to work, there’s a possibility for you to pass this malware along (or you may be the one to contract this virus from your coworkers). To prevent this, it’s best to install an anti-malware on your computer, click here for Sophos free business-grade security for your home Macs and PCs, and making sure that your business is protected with a firewall. Cybersecurity is an essential key safety feature for a business because it protects employees and more importantly, protects sensitive data that is detrimental if it falls into the wrong hands and can cause the initial start to identity theft.