How to prevent your email from getting hacked

July 13, 2015

Email hacking is on the rise because criminals have figured out that your email account is the key to all of your other accounts. That’s why it’s so important to lock your email account down so to lessen the chance that someone could successfully hack into it. Here’s what to do:

  1. Use a good password.
    1. A good password should be at least 8 characters long.
    2. It should have a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters.
    3. It should have at least one number.
    4. It should have at least one symbol (!@#$%^&*() etc.).
    5. Do not use your email password for any other accounts.
  2. Keep your password private
    1. Don’t tell anyone your password.
    2. If you write it down, keep it hidden.
    3. Avoid logging into your email on a public computer or any other computer. These computers could be infected andĀ could have spyware.
    4. Avoid logging into your email if you connect a mobile device to a public WiFi. For ways to safely do this, check out our article on public WiFi security atĀ http://www.ct-cp.com/?p=793.
  3. If you use a free email account (Gmail, Outlook.com, Yahoo, etc.)
    1. Enable 2-step verification (sometimes called second sign-in).
    2. Add your cell phone to your account for recovery purposes.
    3. Don’t save your email password in your browser.

If you follow the steps above, the chances of your email being hacked are very slim.

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