How to keep your private email account secure

Our private email accounts aren’t compromised one by one, they’re cracked en masse and then sold online.

According to account monitoring company LogDog, who recently took a fresh look at this burgeoning part of the underground economy, it’s such a lucrative trade that there are Dark Web sites selling nothing but login/passwords.

Hackers in popular culture are like cyber-swordsmen who penetrate the armor of sophisticated adversaries and use social engineering attacks for dedicated targets.

To secure your private email account in this battlefield, we strongly recommend following steps, especially if you use your private account for both personal and professional purposes.

1. Protect your password.
Choose a strong password and don’t reuse it. If you enter your password in some other website and it’s compromised, someone could try to sign in to your Mailfence account with the same information. Also, never share your password (don’t write it down, don’t send it via email …). You should be the only one who knows it.

2. Enable two-factor authentication.
Two-factor verification adds an extra layer of security to your account by requiring you to sign in with something you know (your password) and something you have (a code generated on your phone/tablet).

3. Check for unknown activities and review your alternate email addresses
Go to the Home (or click on Mailfence logo) within your Mailfence account and check the details under Account in the right column

If you notice unknown last connection details, then take it as a red flag and immediately change your password. Also, review your alternate email addresses and level-up their security, as they will be used to reset your account’s password.

4. Check for viruses and keep your machine up-to-date with all the security updates
Check manually or run a scan on your computer with a trusted anti-virus software & remove any detected suspicious applications or programs. Make sure to catch up with all the security updates (both for your OS and the programs being installed on top of it).

5. Never enter your password after following a suspicious link
Never enter your password after following a link in an email message/attachment from an untrusted site and always go directly to https://www.mailfence.com or https://mailfence.com/pocket/. Also, think twice before clicking on suspicious links from external websites (more details).

Note: Always sign out of your account and clear forms, passwords, cache, and cookies in your browser (especially while using public computers). Also, If you think your account has been compromised, reset your password immediately.

If you want more security tips for your private email account.

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- Mailfence Team