Ways to Prevent Your Email Account from Being Compromised

Using good security practices and safe browsing habits can help prevent your email account from being compromised. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Make sure your devices are patched with the latest updates, including antivirus.
  • Set your security software, internet browser, and operating system to update automatically.
  • Use unique strong passwords for account access.
  • Be wary of unexpected emails, especially when they contain links and/or attachments.
  • Verify the sender’s address. If you don’t recognize the address, don’t reply.
  • If an email request from a known contact seems out of place, verify the request by calling the sender on the phone.
  • Think twice before clicking a link. Always hover before clicking to see the address of the web site you are attempting to visit.
  • Never click text links like “Click Here” or “Unsubscribe,” or any other links in suspect emails.
  • Never input a password or your email address on an unknown site, and never provide your passwords to anyone.
  • Be vigilant when reviewing emails, as you may receive an email from a legitimate contact who has been compromised. 
  • Don’t access your email account on a public computer or from a device using public Wi-Fi.

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