“My email account is cracked by someone.” What should I do now? You can be the next person saying this. If you don’t want this to happen to you then you should spend some time to check if your account is highly secured against this crime. It is very easy to secure your email account from being cracked by someone. You just need to follow some steps.
10. Strong passwords
The first important step is to create a strong password. Your password should not be related to any of your personal information like names, birthdays, your likes and dislikes, etc. A strong password must have more than 10 characters in it.
9. No same passwords Being Cracked
You must avoid keeping same passwords in your networking websites, online banking accounts and other email accounts. Having same password will act as a master key which has an access to any of your accounts. The person who cracks any one of your account can easily enter rest of your accounts using this master key.
People usually follow the practise of having the username same as their email address. This also is not safe. Your username should also be as strong as your password.
7. Confidential information
It is not advisable to store any confidential information about yourself or about people you know in your email accounts. There is always a risk of such information getting disclosed if your account is cracked.
6. Never click the links in your emails
You should never click on the links in your emails as they may contain spam in it. If the link is sent to you by your friend or any person you know then click on it only after confirming with that person. Banks or any other institutions usually do not send a link in their email.
5. Always opt for security questions
Whenever you create a new account, please select the security questions and make sure that your answer is hard to crack. This makes your account more secure and minimizes the chance of being cracked.
4. Avoid free public Wi-Fi
Using free public Wi-Fi in malls, coffee shops and other public places makes it easy for anyone to steal your password. It is better to avoid using free public Wi-Fi.
3. Update your browser
Whenever you get an update request from your browser, don’t ignore it. Always update your browser to make it more secure.
2. Update you antivirus software programme
An antivirus software programme scans all the files in the memory of your computer and updates you if any unusual activity or virus is detected. A regular antivirus scan should be done to secure your computer from virus. When your computer has a virus, there is a possibility of your account being cracked. You must update your antivirus software regularly to get best results out of it.
1. Backup your data
It is always better to have an external backup of your data so that you can retrieve it back without any difficulty in case your account is cracked by someone.