7) Always try to use a plain text editor as opposed to HTML formatting. Typically, HTML messages uses other formatting that will include graphics and colors that are not shown in plain text emails. While you may enjoy the brighter colors associated with HTML messages, they can typically include viruses much easier.
8) Try to stay away from Outlook Express and Microsoft Outlook, unless you are required to use it for work. These programs contain too many security holes that can be dangerous to your information and system. Here are some other programs that are much safer to use on a daily basis:
10) Ensure that you take the time to change all of your passwords on a monthly basis. Never pick anything that is going to be obvious. Use the dictionary and choose random words, numbers, and punctuation.
11) Likewise, it is important that you never share your passwords with anyone. many times scammers will pretend to be someone in an authority like position asking for a password to diagnose your system. Quite simply, never do it!
12) When you are finished working on a project always log out of your email and browser, this is especially true if you are using a public computer. If there is no way to log out, just quit the application.
13) No matter how bad you want to do it, never reply to any type of SPAM message.
14) Be aware of chatbots and other similar programs as they may contact you via IM within your email.
15) Always take the time to backup all your email. If a problem arises in the future all your important documents will be protected.