Email is one of the most popular ways for hackers to gain control over your computer, to get your information or to convince you to visit fraudulent websites. Every time you work with emails, you should remember about email safety rules.
Here are a few tips on email safety:
- Don’t give away your email address. The first rule of email safety is to not give it away to any person or website that you don’t know. When you register to become a member for a specific site, you should read the agreement first. In that agreement, make sure it states that the site won’t give away or sell your email address to any advertizing companies. If it doesn’t say that then you probably don’t want to become a member.
- Don’t open emails with attachments from people you don’t know. It is very important not to open emails from the recipients you don’t know. When opening emails with attachments (executable files that come with them), scan them for viruses first.
- Use SPAM filters. All emails come with SPAM filters that filter all incoming emails automatically. Periodically look through that SPAM folder to make sure none of important documents ended up in it.
- Be careful when receiving emails from Banks. There have been numerous attacks on unsuspected bank members, where they received an email from what looks like their current bank, asking them to verify their personal information by following the link. These emails contained links that took them to a fraudulent website that looks almost exactly like the actual bank’s website. The crooks are hoping you will enter your bank account name and password. If you received one of these emails, you should report them to the bank’s authority.
- Don’t include your private information in your email messages. Never include your personal information such as credit card numbers and social security number in your emails. Use your phone instead.