E-mail account hacking seems to be on the rise, based upon recent activity. We rely so heavily on e-mail that it is easy to forget basic security precautions we should all take. Here are four simple suggestions:
- Never provide confidential information via e-mail. E-mail accounts are vulnerable to hacking. For example, you could have an e-mail in your Inbox that references an account number.
- Use strong passwords. What is a strong password? A strong password includes capital letters, numbers, and special characters. I like to use lengthy phrases that include all of those items.
- Do not click on embedded links in unsolicited e-mails. Hackers are clever people. They can easily replicate the logo for your bank, making you think the e-mail is legitimate. Pick up the phone and call the institution if you are uncertain.
- Use security software. Install a personal firewall, anti-virus, and anti-spam software. And do not forget to run regular scans.
Be safe out there!
Cristy Freeman, AAMS
Senior Operations Associate