Yahoo has discovered a 3-year-old security breach that enabled a hacker to compromise more than 1 billion user accounts, breaking the company’s own humiliating record for the biggest security breach in history.
If you’re not a good with computers or just got your first ever email account, this article is for you. Email accounts are used for anything from personal emails to friends to sending important letters to your bank or someone important. Some people have nothing better in their life but to look into other people’s emails account for money, pleasure, or personal reasons. They can put your privacy and even your life at risk (on an extreme scale), so here are some steps on how you can protect your email like the government does.
1Every email service provider, be it Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. has different security measures. All of the above companies timely provides security steps to protect user’s account. They timely send emails to their customers like your account is being attempted to compromised from different IP addresses. A good password is hard for other people to guess but easy for you to remember. To keep your Facebook and email account protected keep your password safe and always log out to prevent others hacking your Facebook and email accounts. Always keep your Facebook settings private.
2Email address. Have a complicated email address, not so you will forget it, but so no one else can guess it through your name (it should contain a number – for example, John023@_____.com)3Have a secure password. Passwords are there to protect your account; without passwords we would be lost. Make sure your password is complicated; do not use your name, or last name. For example, do not put in “John” because the first thing that hackers will do is to guess your password based on your name. Don’t use a phrase or use a pet name that most people know about. For example, do not put in “MyPetMaddy” or “ShowUsYouFeelGood”. Try to use a complicated code like “mkael092” or use a code like this “09484M92”, so it is impossible to guess. Choose a password you have not previously used on your account before. A good password will contain a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters; numbers; and/or special characters such as %, $, and +. It is very important to keep your password private at all times. A password that contains a mixture of letters and numbers is a good way of securing your password.
4Protect your computer. If your computer is wireless or does not use any antivirus software and is used not just by you, your email address and password is completely at risk. Download free antivirus software by going to www.avast.com. Using wireless isn’t the safest form of using the Internet, as it can be hacked by people using network sniffers. If you have no other choice, make sure you have a WPA key on your wireless Internet connection. You can change or add one by going into Connections -> Your Wireless Network -> Wireless Map -> Your Router -> Properties -> Device Webpage. Then click Wireless Security Settings and then “WEP/WPA Key”. It’s best to have it set using a WPA key as it’s the latest version of security.
5Your email ID and its password are your own confidential information. No company’s employee will ever ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or email message. The sender is a hacker, no doubt. S/he wants to gain access to your account and send spam emails, like asking money from your contacts or make an unauthorized third party send spam or fraudulent emails to your contact list.
6If you are a victim of such a scenario, please contact the respective company immediately. Every company has an account verification department. They also provide instant chat support/phone support. By changing your password immediately, you quickly minimize the resulting risk of your Yahoo! account.
7If you are ever asked for your password in an unsolicited manner or by someone you do not believe to be a representative of Yahoo!/Hotmail/Facebook/gmail, etc., please do not share your password with them and ask them the reason for asking or contact directly the respective company, as they have a separate department to handle such issues, like Yahoo!’s mail abuse department.
You should change the security questions and answers wisely. The answer to a good security question:
- Cannot be easily guessed or researched
- Doesn’t change over time
- Is memorable
- Is simple or definitive