Your inbox is somewhat like a one stop shop for anyone who wants the real dirt on who you are. From your bank notifications and details to information about what lingerie sites you’re subscribed to – your inbox can reveal more about you than your own mother in most cases.
Doesn’t matter if you’re hooked to Gmail or Hotmail, a handful of silly mistakes can help anyone get access to workings of your inner soul inbox (one in the same for generation Y folk). So how does one make it easier for unauthorized people to take a peep?
Use the same password all over the world
Is your password one of those things that you punch into every account that you make? You use Facebook, Skype, Twitter and a whole chunk of online accounts with the same little wittle password which you made to commemorate the birthday of your favorite dog?
Well the bad news for you is that when you use one password to sign into every site that ever came into existence you’re kind of making sure that a hacker can gain access to your accounts. Learn from the Romney debacle where the unsuspecting politicians extremely encrypted and relatively safe Hotmail inbox got hacked through a password stolen from an unsecure Dropbox account.
If remembering several passwords is hard then come up with one strong password and add in slight variations. For example you can add in dates, phone digits, important years etc. at the end of a password, or in between it, to make it harder to crack.
Can your password bench-press?
No? the point is: how strong is your password? It’s not particularly hard to come up with a password that can aid encryption instead of making it a joyride for a hacker to stroll into your emails.
Please don’t use your pretty dogs name as your password. Get some digits in there, add capitalizations and characters. With passwords like ‘billiscute’ and ‘mommy1234’ you’re only setting yourself up for failure. Sure you can remember them easily but then others can hack them easily. Take your silly password and turn it into a strong one.
For instance, billiscute can be turned into “b|lli5cUt3” that’s a strong password and all we did was swap some of the letters for digits and add in a character, and one capitalization.
Public systems are the worst
Any system that isn’t your own can be fitted with all kinds of computer spy software without you knowing it. When you sign into your accounts, anyone of them, your id and password can be logged in through said software.And it isn’t particularly hard to download keylogger software onto a system, or hide it.
So the next time you’re emailing the world pictures of the awesome party you went to make sure that it’s not on a public system, because there’s a chance you just handed over your entire account to someone else so they can join in the memories of your party like everyone else you emailed.
Updates are cool
Keep your own laptop and/or computer up to speed on the latest updates. Make sure you have a good firewall in place and the best in anti-virus software. And once you’re sure about those two things, make sure that you’re always updating the two.
Malware and spyware will often creep into your system and at times it’s the same as one saying he had to download keylogger software while browsing shady sites. The only difference is you won’t realize when the malware creeps in.
Keep their hands off your laptop
Your laptop or your computers are the easiest targets for spyware. The computer spy software you should be avoiding on a public pc can be waiting for you on your own system if you’re not careful who you grant access of usage to.
From your mother to your employer, anyone could want to sink their teeth into your inbox and you have to make sure that you stay safe. Make sure your own system is password protected and that you don’t just hand it over to anyone you don’t trust completely.
Written by Natalia David. Edited by Rahul Chowdhury.
Natalia David has been a regular contributor as tech writer, expert for some time now. Her work has received great appreciation from readers who turn to her to keep themselves updated with the latest happenings in tech world. She suggests her readers to be aware of the fact that they might download keylogger software for while browsing different sites.You can also follow her on twitter @NataliaDavid4
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