Email Security – Steps to Take to Ensure Messages Stay Secure and Private

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Like a lot of people in the world, you will probably have an email account that you use not just to send messages and letters to your friends and loved ones but also for signing into different websites. Why, you may even have several email accounts that you use for the different things in your life. According to

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there is a sum total of 3.3 billion email accounts all over the world and that is a massive number. They predict that number to grow to 4.6 billion by 2016. This shows you just how big of a thing the email has become. Even more staggering is the amount of emails that are sent out per day. According to the same source, there were 89 million business emails sent per day and that is going to grow to 149 million by 2016.

The big question is this: with the number of emails so massive and with huge amounts of emails sent per day just how do you protect your accounts and what email security steps can you take? Below are some security steps that will help make sure your email account/accounts are as safe as you can make them.

Email Security Tips and Tricks

1)  Most of you might feel safe about that extra-difficult password that you have cooked up but that may not be enough for efficient email security. According to the folks at Google there are some additional ways you can secure your email and this is by making sure that your email is not getting shared or forwarded. To do this, you want to go to mail settings and make sure that your emails are being directed to the correct people.

2)  If you want to add an extra layer of protection to your Yahoo email account try make use of the sign in seal option. What this does is it assigns an image or a color that Yahoo associates with your computer for added protection and email security.

3)  Another thing you can do to make sure there is no suspicious activity with your account is to check the address bar. When you open your mail it should start with ‘https://’ so you know that your email is encrypted and therefore more resistant to tampering and hacking.

4)  You may also want to avoid opening your emails when you use public Wi-Fi. Sure, it may seem like a blessing to find free service but people can check any data you send over that public Wi-Fi system and get your credit card information or hack into your account and get other sensitive details.

5)  Be very wary of opening attachments from addresses that you do not know. They may contain viruses or spyware that do not just compromise email security but also the health of your computer.

If you are still unsure of the security and safety of your webmail account, move your email out of the internet entirely. You can try Outlook or Thunderbird instead; they might make you feel dated and ancient but they are very secure and they work really well.