You may not realize it, but your email is already being used as a proxy for other people’s identities.
Your email address might even be used as part of a malicious botnet that exploits you to spread malware and steal money.
And your password is a prime target for hackers who may be using your email to track you.
The most common ways to avoid the risk of being hacked are to make sure your email addresses are publicly visible or to set up two-factor authentication.
If you’re an email-only person, you might want to opt-out of two-step verification by default.
If you’re using a phone or tablet, you can also set up a two-way communication option, but it’s not recommended.
How to prevent your email from being used for nefarious purposes, but still be safe from getting hacked in the first place: Make sure your emails are public and easily accessible.
Your emails are often stored on a website that’s been hacked.
Make sure you keep the email address and password protected, but don’t reuse it.
If your email account is compromised, you may be unable to access your accounts.
It’s a good idea to make backups of all your sensitive information and to encrypt all of your emails.
This protects your privacy and helps protect your online reputation.
It also helps keep your email safe.
Set up two factor authentication.
This is a feature that helps ensure you can access your email and other sensitive information even if your account is breached.
Secure your email inbox.
If there’s an online form of mail that can be used to access sensitive information, you should be using it.
The easiest way to make your email secure is to use two-Factor Authentication to set a password that’s easy to remember.
When you enter your password, a secure link appears that’s only readable by the account holder.
This helps keep emails secure even if someone with physical access to your account gets in.
You can also use an automated password recovery tool, such as 1Password, to change your password if you need to.
When you can’t be trusted, set up an email backup.
When someone gets your email password stolen, you’ll need to create an email account to send out the stolen information.
This can help protect you if your email provider fails to react quickly enough to a breach.
Set up an online backup of your email with a password protected backup.
If the email you want to use is already compromised, make sure to use a secure backup that’s both public and readily accessible.
Make your email public.
When people access your emails, it can be tempting to use your email for things that you don (or shouldn’t) do, like spam or phishing.
Encourage them to use good passwords and protect them with two-party-message encryption.
Change your email passwords regularly.
Change your password often and make sure you never forget it.
You should change it each time you update your email, and you should use a different email provider for each email account.
If someone gets in, they can use your old email to contact you.
Your new email should also be protected with two factor verification.
The best way to protect your privacy is to keep your emails private.
Don’t share your email contacts with anyone else.
And be sure to protect all of the information you store on your email.
Never share your personal information with anyone except your closest family members and friends.