How Important Is Your Email Account?
Everyone knows how important a document their passport is, but how about your humble old email account?
What you may not realise is that your Email account is your link to many online services. If I knew your
details of your email account like:
Your email provider ( obvious normally from your address)
Your user name (usually your display name) and
Your password (not so easy)
Then I could read you emails.
If I could read you emails I could pretend to be you! I could change your passwords, settings etc on most of your online accounts like Google, Yahoo, PayPal etc.
So how do I access your email account details? The details are on you computer and so access to your computer means I potentially have access to these details. It may even be on my computer, if you have used it
to access your emails via Webmail.
Protecting Your Account Details
There are several simple steps you can follow to protect your details:
Don't allow anyone access to your computer
Don't access any private sites from another computer ( that isn't yours). Your access leaves traces and
password recovery software will probably reveal them. Not only that but it may actually be running a
- Change your email passwords frequently (at least every month). They shouldn't be the same as your computer logon password.
As you can see, your email account is not just for email, it is is also the main component in accessing online services. Protecting it is one of the most import parts of ensuring your online security.
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By Steve Cope