Do you know that nefarious elements will stop at nothing to get to your email? After all, your email is a treasure trove of information which can be used to their advantage. This is why it is very important for you to keep your guard up and know how to secure your email from viruses and other harmful email activities. You really can’t afford to be lax with email security and you can’t afford the that-will-not-happen-to-me mentality because if you have an email account and you are connected to the Internet, then yes, it can happen to you.
1) Install an antivirus program. This is one of the very best ways to make sure that no virus gets released to your computer when you open an email. Basically, you need to install an antivirus scanning program and make sure that you keep it updated. This program will get to work by scanning all your incoming emails to check them for known viruses. If any emails get delivered and they contain viruses, you will be warned and the viruses will be prevented from entering your computer. Bear in mind that new viruses pop up on an almost daily basis so you need to upgrade your antivirus regularly as well.
2) Be extra wary of email attachments. Do you know that email attachments are the primary portals of viruses? For instance, you open your mail and you find a message in your inbox from someone you know and it has an attached file that could be a document, a photo, or even a program but is actually a computer virus. It is from someone you know so of course you open the file and unwittingly release a virus to infect your system. Now, one saving grace from this is if you actually use an email service that has a function that works to block all sorts of dangerous files. Before you get too complacent, know that people who come up with viruses are genius at formulating ways to outsmart such virus blocking programs. So you should always be careful about opening attachments. Now if you receive an email with an attachment, try to err on the side of caution and ask the sender if they did send the attachment before you download or open it.
3) Use Antivirus programs to check compressed files. Do you want to know just how sneaky virus writers can become? Well, they usually send viruses in compressed .rar and .zip files. Most antivirus programs will scan these as they come in but if you really want to be safe, you must save the file in a folder and scan the files inside it once more before you open them.
4) Be careful with links in emails. Emails sent to you might not have attachments but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be wary of them. If you receive emails with links, you might want to think twice about clicking on them since criminal elements often look to links as part of their spyware and phishing scams—they are also used to transmit computer viruses. If the body of the email seems vague and doesn’t say anything specific, do not click on any links.