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Protecting Your Email

Never send critical data through email. Hackers and cyber criminals work hard to gather data through email.  Swiping emails in cyber space is one approach. Never send bank account or credit card numbers through email.

Use strong passwords with a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.  Passwords should be at least ten characters long.  Passphrases are a great way to accomplish this and make it easy to remember.  For example: MyBe$tFriend=$usan2 is a passphrase that combines upper and lower case letters, symbols, and numbers.

Use strong account retrieval security questions.  Many sites will ask you to give answers to security questions to identify yourself in case you need to reset your password or account information.  If you use “what’s your favorite movie” as your security question and then discuss that favorite movie on a social network like Facebook, you are exposing yourself.

Never click on links in emails.  If you receive a legitimate looking email from your bank or credit card company or others you do business with, ignore the links included in the email.  Instead, go directly to the internet and log into your account yourself rather than clicking on a link in email.  If you are still unsure, just call your bank or credit card company.

Have a second email address to receive password reset information.  If your primary email address is compromised and you do not have access to it, you will not be able to get the account reset.  Webmail addresses like Gmail from Google and Yahoo mail are free; set up a separate account and use it as a backup.

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