How to keep your email accounts safe from hackers

By Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 4 February 2019: Has you email ever been hacked? Every now and then you hear of horror stories how hundreds of thousands – yes even millions – of accounts have been hacked and data stolen from global conglomerates who can afford the best of security.

If that can happen to the likes of Yahoo, how safe is your email?

They are out there looking for vulnerabilities. Observe safe online practices to keep your online identity protected and your gadgets free from viruses, Trojans and hackers.

Below are some email security tips and practices that Citibank has suggested.

Segregate Email Accounts

  • Create separate email accounts for┬ápersonal and official activities
  • Select email id with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate, especially for bank related communication. (URL should start with https:// and NOT http://)

Password Security

  • Create strong passwords and do not share the passwords with anyone
  • Do not share your OTP/OAC, passwords, IPIN, ATM PIN and account related information with anyone, even if the caller is claiming to be calling from the bank

Beware of Phishing & Lottery Scams

  • If the email is unsolicited, never open any attachments
  • Avoid filling out forms in email messages that ask for personal financial information
  • Do not reply to emails or Phone text messages (SMS) claiming that the recipient has won a substantial sum of money in an online lottery or promotion

Scan for Virus & Malware

  • Install and use anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall. Keep them activated and up-to-date
  • Scan your system at regular intervals for viruses and malware
  • Ensure that your browser and security patches are up to date

If you follow these few simple steps, you can keep your identity – and your money – fairly safe.

Dubai Gazette