While email is an extremely useful tool for communication, it leaves users vulnerable if used carelessly. Phishing scams, viruses, malware and other threats are all spread using email. Fortunately, there are some precautions you can take to help avoid these issues:
- Only share your email with trusted sources
- Pay close attention when opening or downloading files from email. When in doubt, do not open.
- When you receive an email from a business requesting information, verify that the website is legitimate by searching online or even calling the business.
- Sensitive information should never be shared via email, especially social security numbers, credit/debit card numbers or passwords.
- Create strong email names/passwords. Using a variety of letters, numbers and special characters can help in strengthening your passwords.
- Consider obtaining security software and be sure it protects you from a wide array of security problems.
- Use common sense – if an email looks suspicious, it probably is.