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What are 3 dumb things you can do with your email

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Let’s look at a few examples of common bad habits, along with some remedies to help you stay safer:

1. Having a Weak Password
No one — other than you — should be able to access your account. That means your password can’t be guessed, and you shouldn’t give it to anyone. The longer and more complex it is — meaning it combines uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, symbols, and words not in the dictionary — the more secure it will be. Don’t use your email password anywhere else (duplicating passwords is generally a bad idea), and don’t save your login information on computers or mobile devices.

2. Sending and Storing Sensitive Information
Never send your Social Security number or any account information via email, even if you trust the recipient, because you become less secure as soon as you press send. On top of that, personal information shouldn’t be stored in your email account in the event it is compromised. If anything sensitive ends up in your inbox, delete it and empty the trash.

3. Clicking on Something Weird
When in doubt, don’t click. Even if a message appears to be from a friend or family member, anything that seems out of the ordinary should be deleted. You can always confirm with someone you know whether or not a message is legitimate, and they can re-send it if it is.

A few rules of thumb: A financial institution will not ask you to send or verify personal information through email. Any too-good-to-be-true offer that wants you to click something or send your information to redeem the offer is probably a scam. Don’t open emails that are just a link, and for that matter, don’t send emails like that, because it looks like spam.

Your email account is a gateway to your online identity, which is something you don’t want someone to mess with. You can use Credit.com’s Free Credit Report Card tool to monitor changes to your credit reports. You can use it to monitor new inquiries, as well as your credit score. Significant changes to your credit score can be a sign of identity theft.


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