How to keep your email accounts SUPER protected and safe

If eyes are the windows to the soul, then your email account is the great glass elevator that descends any intruders into the vast crevasse of your personal and business life. It’s pretty important is what I’m trying to get at – your email has a lot of information, I’m sure I made that clear.

Convoluted introductions aside, the importance of email in 2016 cannot be understated. And since cyber-attacks are as hip as flashing trainers in 2002, you better be doing everything in your power to prevent your precious emails from being tossed around the dark corners of the internet like a wet flannel.

Thanks to Business2Community, here are four great ways to keep your email locked down and safe for years to come.

1. Encrypt

Email encryption software ensures that emails are only accessible by their rightful owner. There are no retina scanners involved but many softwares use verification and authentication technology that require a simple phone approval or public key – it’s like giving your neighbour a spare key for the backdoor in case you get locked out.

2. Get your office on board

If everyone pulls their weight and keeps their emails safe, your company will become less susceptible to wide-spread cyber attacks. This can be as simple as educating your co-workers on never leaving computers unattended, not trusting attachments from unknown sources and installing anti-virus software to help everyone feel safer at their desks.

3. Updates can help you

We get it, a pop-up reminder every 30 minutes won’t convince you to update your email software because “it works perfectly fine already”. But these patches and updates help the vendor and developer improve their security measures so you never have to worry about getting your info nicked. It would literally take two minutes of your day to update.

4. Web-based email

Using in-browser sites to check your email is far riskier than using an installed program. I don’t understand the mechanics but anyone who knows anything about email security will advise using a non-browser based programme to check your email.

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