Emails (electronic mails) are essential in
today’s mobile communication.
Whether for work, school, or
simple socialization, emails make it possible keep in touch with others
wherever you are. Emails have incredible range – giving you the ability to send
instantly a message to someone halfway around the world. Instead of waiting
days, weeks, or even months for snail
mail to arrive, an email does the job within the fraction of a second. Best of
all, emails have no sending limit and are absolutely free. This makes
it a fantastic option when communicating from long distance. All you need is a
connection to the internet and you are all set.
Your email account holds more
than just messages from your contacts. Your account also holds private information
about you. In the wrong hands, your email account can be a dangerous thing. To
prevent third parties from gaining access to your email, you need to strengthen
your account’s security.
Regular Password Changes
Here is a question you should
ask yourself: do you use the same
password on multiple accounts?
How many accounts online do
you have that share the same passwords? With today’s recreation leaning more
towards subscriptions, people have a tendency to sign up to a variety of online
services. From Hulu, Netflix, to even news and gaming sites – it seems like
everywhere you look, you need to subscribe to access content.
The easiest way for hackers
to get into your account is through using previously known passwords. Changing
your passwords regularly is key in maintaining the security of your account. While
this can become confusing, it is still the more secure option. Remembering
passwords is also easier than ever. Browsers such as Chrome and Firefox can save your passwords and even autofill them for
you when accessing sites. All you need is to create an account for that browser
and it stores all your passwords there. This way, when logging into a new
device, you do not have to remember all passwords
from all sites. All you need is to remember one – the main browser’s account.
Website Registration Issues
One of the most common ways
your information can land at the hands of third parties is through website registrations. Think about it.
How many websites know your name? What about your contact info, banking, and
credit card details? The more websites you input your data, the higher the
chance of it going to the wrong hands. When even trusted websites such as
Amazon and Facebook are accused of selling user data, is your personal
information safe anywhere online?
A lot of site registrations
are optional. This means that you
can access the content you want without committing via creating an account. For
websites that do require
registrations, using an extra email
address instead of your main one is a great idea. This prevents spam from
cluttering your main email, while also preventing sites from seeing your personal
information. Creating an extra email address is easy enough. You do not even
have to input your real name. Consider it as a guest account where you store
all unessential website subscriptions.
This way, you get access to
websites without compromising your privacy. Of course, using extra email addresses
may not work on specific sites. Shopping sites for instance would still require
your name, address, and even payment options in order to process your order. Social
media accounts are also strict against using fake names and may even lead to
your account being suspended. For everything else however, a spare email
account with no ties to you is a fantastic solution.
Increasing your main email’s
security is also essential. For many accounts, you have additional options to
further increase security. These include adding security questions only you know the answer to, backup email
addresses, mobile authentication, and many more. By adding these features, your
account receives further protection. Instead of simply knowing the password,
the person trying to get inside must also confirm their identity via the other
These add layers upon layers
of security, which makes it harder for an unknown
device to access your account. However, these security measures can also be
Backing Up your Data
Securing your emails can also
have unintended side effects. For example, you may find yourself locked out of your own account due to
all the security in place. Because of the many layers of security you activated,
logging in from a new device can be
difficult – if not impossible. It
could be because of a computer reformat or a new phone; you somehow end up logged
out of your old devices. The security measures meant to protect your account
can backfire on you since you are logging in an unfamiliar entry point.
Security measures include
personal questions, previous passwords, mobile authentications, alternate email
confirmations, and many more. Without an organized setup, you may be locked out
of your account for good. It is very easy to forget your main password – unless
you have it written down somewhere, you may find it difficult to log in on a
new device. It may not even be that – most sites often do regular security
checks where you have to input your password before gaining access. This is to
help prevent older accounts from becoming vulnerable to theft.
It is therefore important to
have a physical list of important
passwords and answers to security questions. That way, even if your main device
goes down, you still have a copy with you.
A backup phone is another good idea for those who want to secure
their online accounts. A backup smartphone can simply stay at your home as a
way to have constant access to your data. This prevents issues such as
accidental damage, theft, or loss. That way, you maintain a direct access to
your accounts. Even if you reformat your PC or if your main phone breaks, your
account is still open at a familiar device. This makes confirming your identity
much easier when logging back in.