Staying Safe Online With Secure Emailing

Cybersecurity is an important matter for anyone who has an online presence. Your email must be protected against hackers, viruses, and spam. When you use SVwebs as your server, you will have access to the best email security, but users should still learn more about personal cybersecurity and how to use email wisely. If you follow some of these safety measures, you can rest assured that your email is as safe as possible.

Change Your Password Regularly

The stronger your password is, the less likely it is that hackers will find a way to access your email and files. Changing your password regularly will help deter their efforts. A strong password has some characteristics you should be sure to include. Although you want your password to be easy to remember, you should also make it difficult for others to guess. Most people do this by choosing a password with a personal significance to them. You should make sure that your password is at least eight characters long and includes numbers, punctuation, and upper and lowercase letters.

Get an Email Encryption Program

Anyone who emails sensitive information should certainly have encryption in place. Your email messages, archives, and connection to your provider should all be encrypted. Any time you log into a Wi-Fi network and send an unencrypted email, you leave yourself vulnerable to hackers, especially if the Internet connection is shared with others. How can you tell whether your encryption is working? Check your URL and make sure it begins with "https" rather than "http." Email settings from SVwebs will allow you to use encryption by default.

Delete Suspicious Emails

Cybercriminals use fraudulent emails to trick the recipient into divulging personal information and security credentials. There are a few signs to look out for that indicate a suspicious email. If the message contains a URL, be very wary of it. Before clicking the link, hover over to make sure the way the URL is printed in the email matches the hyperlinked address. If the message claims to be from a large company but contains multiple spelling and grammatical errors, the message is not legitimate. If the email asks for money or makes unrealistic threats, it is almost guaranteed to be spam. Remember that a collections agency is more likely to call or send you physical mail than to request money in an email.

Use a Firewall

Your firewall is a lot like a filter in that it regulates incoming email and analyzes the message to decide what should be flagged as spam. These firewalls are a great added security measure when it comes to catching malicious messages.

Don't Open Unexpected Attachments

If you receive an email containing an attachment from a sender you don't recognize, you should generally not open that attachment, as it can contain a virus. The only exception is when the email contains a detailed description of what you will find in the attachment and the sender seems to have a plausible explanation for sending it to you.