An Email account is a gateway into your personal life.It can, unfortunately, be a valuable target for hackers and cyber criminals. From social media logins to bank account information, the common email inbox can be exploited to leave all of your sensitive data open to compromise. So, perhaps it’s little surprise that attacks on email accounts are common. From complex spear phishing to malicious documents to social engineering hackers have never been better equipped.
It’s tough to get people to pay attention and be serious about their online identity. An Email account is the first and primary component of your online identity and yet it’s the one that is left unguarded the most. Email accounts may be virtual but once hacked it can be the consequences and damages are very real.The problem with a hacked email account is the domino effect. All registrations, purchases, renewals, transactions, password etc. are sent to your email inbox. So once the first domino falls the entire setup falls apart in one fell swoop. After the jump, we’ve rounded up a few tips that can help you secure your email accounts of popular webmail services.
some of the top ten steps to make secure of your Email account from hackers as below:
Even if a hacker gets hold of the answer to your security question, they cannot use it immediately to reset the password and break into your Gmail account. Password reset with security question is possible only after 24 hours of your account being inactive after receiving the password reset instructions. For a once, checking your email regularly is a good thing. It will help reset the Hotmail account’s expiry date. Unfortunately, Hotmail and Yahoo do not have this useful restriction in place.
2.Do not share your login information
Another obvious fact. But at times, it’s necessary for small businesses and online entrepreneurs to share login information with colleagues. For example, accessing Google AdSense, Analytics or Microsoft Live services etc. The ideal solution is to create a dedicated account for accessing these services instead of linking everything to your personal email id and sharing it.
3.Avoid Public WiFi
Happy to have discovered an unsecured WiFi hotspot? Or mooching your neighbor’s spilled WiFi? Enjoying the free WiFi of the coffee shop around the corner? Good for you and so is for the hacker sitting nearby to sniff the packets right out of thin air. so you need to avoid using public WiFi for accessing email or transacting online with a credit card. Casual browsing and YouTube watching without logging in are Ok but accessing emails is a big deal so no Email login.
4.Check Filters and Forwarding Addresses
In the event of a hack and after reclaiming the account, you can go through the existing filters to check if there are some sneaky filters set up that forward all your credit card, login info, bank account and other sensitive correspondence to an email address that is not yours. Go to the forwarding page and see that all your incoming emails are not forwarded to the hacker either. This helps you avoid getting hacked in the future too.
5.Be sensible with your security question
A lot of personal information is available online which is a thankful task to social networks. On being the weakest links in the email is a security chain, security questions rank ahead of weak passwords. It’s nice to be an open book but select a question from those stapled pages and blacked out lines is a difficult task.
6.Use a Strong Password
Even hackers feel insulted when they come across passwords like “sweetlove123”, “pass@123” and the like. Google is the best when it comes to putting real effort into securing your email account proactively. You can use special characters, numbers, upper and lower case alphabets of almost any length which ultimately makes a strong password. My Gmail password is between 60 to 80 characters long and my general rule of thumb is to have a password that only the NSA can hack.
7.Setup SMS Alerts
Go to your account settings and add you can add a mobile number to receive SMS alerts. Once that is set up, Google will send you the password reset code whenever somebody tries to reset your password. Alternatively, if you are a smartphone user, you can rely on these SMS alerts and disable password recovery via email altogether. Email accounts are always vulnerable to a hacker from a remote place but your mobile phone is not. Yahoo also provides the same feature free too. Hotmail has a similar feature but is not supported in a lot of countries around the world.
8.Use a reliable Secondary Email Address
Absolutely no Hotmail accounts for secondary fall back email account people. They still have their stone age era email account expiry plan after certain number days of no usage. So if the secondary email address is Hotmail and is expired, anyone creates it back again to receive password reset information. And since webmail providers have this peculiar habit of giving all kinds of hints to remind you of the email address where the password recovery link has been sent, use an uncommon custom domain or corporate email address that is hard to guess and hack into.
9.If you need to, use encryption
If you want a stronger level of protection for sending or receiving emails, for example, while dealing with bank details, you can always use an extra layer of encryption. While most modern browsers use decent levels of cryptography and https connections, it may be worthwhile researching how to install the next level in security.For example Pretty Good Privacy (PGP). While not user-friendly, PGP is generally considered to offer a strong level of protection for your secrets, whatever they may be.
10.Take advantage of two-factor authentication
Once you have strong credentials and a solid email client, make the most of the modern security options and use two-factor authentication (2FA) to add another layer protection to your account. This feature has become increasingly popular in recent years and is now offered by most major websites that store sensitive data. It works by letting you add a second method of account verification, usually in the form of a text message or secondary email code and is an easy to use the feature that can add an extra wall of security around your personal data.