Before the days of the smartphones, sending letters in the mail was the norm. Remember throwing a letter in an envelope, sealing it with a stamp, walking out to the mailbox? Those vague memories have been taken over by the simple click of a send button. However the simplicity doesn’t come easy.
For the most part emails are a part of our daily routines. We email for business purposes, pay our bills, catch up with a pen pals, however with technology rapidly changing and the threat of cyber attacks and hacking on the rise it is important to note that implementing tactics to keeping up to date with your email security is crucial for managing your personal information. Check out a few tips for keeping your network infrastructure safe.
1. Have Separate Accounts
It is wise to split up your accounts, one for personal, one for work, or even a third for junk mail. Make sure you have a separate account strictly for bills and internet banking. The amount of sensitive information in such emails, shouldn’t be mixed with newsletters from your Yoga studio. Many sites that require you to input an email address often sell that address to third parties, which result in spam.
2. Delete History on Public Computers
Sometimes we forget to do the simplest things and that includes deleting your browsing history on a public computer, this includes internet cafes, public libraries or even a friend’s computer. It is important to remember that all browsers keep records of all the sites you have visited and accessed. With a simple click of the delete button you can ensure that the next person won’t be tempted to browse through your private information
3. Encryption, Encryption, Encryption
Deleting history and having separate accounts is one thing but most people don’t realize that emails travels between servers and computers, often making your information most vulnerable. Hackers often easily collect data packets, often found on your private emails, moving on a network and can easily input that information on their own computer. Encryption creates a barrier against hackers and data packets, creating gibberish instead. Adding a virtual private network (VPN) is the best way to add encryption and keep your email safe. When you use a VPN, your data is thoroughly encrypted and goes through a VPN tunnel which secures your VPN packets.
Follow these steps for secure browsing and keeping those emails away from unwanted hands!