Email is modern telegraph or telex which reaches the person concerned with a click and speed of mind. It has gained utmost importance in modern business scenario and social media. Email has done away with long time gaps as the messages are transmitted swiftly in spur of a moment. One can attach and send files and folders, pictures etc by tagging it with message with great ease and in just a single click. For most of us Email has become indispensable part of daily life. Almost all of our communication are transpired with the help of mail.
Fraudsters most commonly prefer and use email to communicate and target consumers, if you think about it, you will see that It makes sense, here is why, an email account is where the different parts of one's life intersect: personal interests, business, school, work, banking, shopping, friends, family, travel plans, social media and more.
If a hacker gets into your email, they may have hit the jackpot. It may seem like just a page in a Web browser or an app on your smartphone or desktop, but you need to surround it by the best defenses available.
Regardless, people do a lot of stupid things with their email accounts that leave them vulnerable to fraud.
Let’s look at 3 Dumb Things You Can Do With Email and a few examples of common bad habits, along with some remedies to avoid being a victim of fraud:
1. Having a Weak PasswordNo any other person other than you the account holder should be able to access your account. That means your password can’t be guessed, or and you shouldn't give it to anyone. The longer and more complex it mean that it combines uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, symbols, and words not in the dictionary the more secure it will be. Don’t use your email password anywhere else (duplicating passwords is generally a bad idea), and don’t save your log in information on computers or mobile devices.
2. Sending and Storing Sensitive InformationNever send your bank account, and credit number or Social Security number or any account information via email, even if you trust the recipient, because you become less secure as soon as you press send. On top of that, personal information shouldn't be stored in your email account or in Cloud such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or any other similar service in the event it is compromised. If anything sensitive ends up in your inbox, better delete it and empty the trash box.
3. Clicking on Something sent to you that seems out of the ordinary or WeirdWhen in doubt, don’t click. Even if a message appears to be from a friend or family member, anything that seems out of the ordinary should be deleted. You can always confirm with someone you know whether or not a message is legitimate, and they can re-send it if it is.
Just remember a financial institution will not ask you to send or verify personal information through email. Any too-good-to-be-true offer that temp you to click something or want you to send your information to redeem the offer is probably a scam.
Don’t open emails that are just a link, with no detail information and for that matter, don’t send emails like that or with no subject, because it looks like spam.
Your email account is personal and a gateway to your online identity and should keep to yourself, which is something you don’t want someone to access and mess with.