Email is something we all use everyday and though it’s a medium we’re aware can have its own security issues, we all need to be more aware of them.
Here are 15 tips that will prevent you getting lax about your email security:
1) Never open email attachments. You may have heard in the past that you should never open any attachments from unknown senders and that still holds true to some degree. However, many times your friends, family, and colleagues can send viruses and spyware in their email attachments without their knowledge.
2) Make sure that your computer is protected by a firewall. You can find extensive information about setting up a personal firewall online if you are unsure of the process.
3) Make sure that you have a good anti-virus software installed and have it set to scan your system regularly. Many people have an anti-virus system on their computer but fail to run it or update it. This will not help to keep your system protected from new threats. The best practice is to keep your software set to automatically update, so you are always running the most recent update.
4) If you are running a Windows -based PC make sure the operating system is always up to date. This can be achieved by visiting Windows update on a weekly basis or setting it to automatically update.
5) Have anti-spyware software installed on your computer and use it at regular intervals. The same is true of your anti-virus software. Remember it will not work properly if it is not up to date or used on a regular basis.
6) Always check to make sure that your email program and browser are using the latest versions. More often than not they have the latest security patches installed