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Ever get a Microsoft security alert email? One out of every 412 emails contains a malware attack. It doesn’t matter if you’re just a person sitting comfortably at home or a dedicated worker pushing one email after the other with short breaks of sweet old coffee. Every one of us is susceptible to these attacks and in a slightly twisted way we should all expect them. They could come in all shapes or sizes, and if you don’t want to lose a speech for your “Dyno week” conference that you spent a 100 hours writing maybe you shouldn’t let your friend open an email link with the subject line “Nude pictures of Anna Kournikova.”
There are ways to avoid all this, and I’ll tell you all the best practices for email security that I know of.
1. Make up strong passwords
2. Security questions
If it’s available, make up one. Make up a question with an obscure answer about yourself that only you would know. If that’s not available, use one of the default ones but use a fake answer, something that can’t be traced online. Then try not to forget that one.
3. Use a VPN
4. Use a secure email service
Which means using websites that have https at the beginning. Not the http. One thing to know about it is that the mail server saves your messages in plain text. That means that even though no one can tap into your network, anyone with access to the mail server can see the content of your messages.
5. Encrypt your messages
Previously published at https://medium.com/@federikpoulsen/email-security-best-practises-fb7d0fde4120