Email is everywhere. We take it with us wherever we go. At work email is vital, can you imagine working without it? In 2015 over 205 billion emails were sent every day!
So, considering how much we use email, do you know how secure your email is? Email hacking was a big topic in 2016, and it was a major talking point throughout the US General Election. So how do you avoid being the next Hilary Clinton because your emails got hacked?
Here are 5 ways to protect your email.
Use a reliable email provider
A lot of the big, well known email providers will have consistent security updates and also built in privacy features. Don't rely solely on the email provider for security, though. Popular email providers will still get probed by hackers so you need to follow the rest of these tips to make your email even more secure.
Have a strong password
Yes, this advice will apply to most tech issues but it doesn't mean its any less important. Nowadays its standard to be able to save your passwords in your web browser. There are also lots of apps and tools you can use to save your passwords. That means you don't have to worry about remembering long and complex passwords. So when you set your email password, try and pick one that even the Russians would struggle to hack!
Encrypt sensitive emails
If you deal with sensitive material at work then you need to be extra careful it's secure in your emails. Don't ever use your personal email for sensitive information, it didn't work for Hilary and it won't end well for you either. Most web browsers have decent cryptography or use https connections but to be extra secure you can also install another level of security. Finding the right source can be tricky but feel free to reach out to your local IT support provider and ask for help.
Be aware of threats
Despite all the best efforts by email providers you will still need to be aware of any potential threats. Don't click on any suspicious or unwarranted links. I don't care how much money that Nigerian Prince wants to give you don't click the link! Most cyber attacks aren't down to top level hacking skills. Instead they are down to people clicking on links in tainted or trick emails.
Be careful on public Wi-Fi
Public Wi-Fi's are popping up everywhere, but although they can be good for your mobile data they can be bad for your security. In 2015 a Finnish security firm hacked 3 British politicians to show the faults of public Wi-Fi. If you have to use public Wi-Fi you can use a VPN (virtual private network) to protect your self.
In the modern world hacking has become a big danger. It played a big role in the US election and it can severely damage your business. Following these tips is the start to keeping your emails secure.