A graphic illustration of an envelope, representing email. A few good email security tips will prevent you from getting hacked.

Follow these email security tips to keep your data safe.

A few weeks ago, close to 500 million Yahoo email accounts were stolen. The amount of private data and information stolen culminates in the largest data breach in history. If you have a Yahoo account, we suggest that you immediately change your password. Our email security tips will keep you safe.

Email Security Tips

Create Complex Passwords – Even though computer experts urge people to create secure, complex, and creative passwords, some individuals do not listen. You’ll find many people with passwords like 12345 or password as their form of security. In fact, last year, passwords didn’t get any better. Create a password that utilizes capital letters, special characters, and numbers. This makes it harder for hackers to guess your password.

Change Your Security Information Frequently – Passwords and security questions are two most important forms of email security you can have. That is why it is important to change your password at least every 6 months. This is a great counter measure against security breaches, very much like the one that happen to Yahoo. This prevent hackers from obtaining the latest passwords and security access.

Delete and Block Unknown Senders – Your email’s security features should catch any incoming junk mail. However, some messages from unknown senders can still end up in your inbox. You should delete and block messages from people you do not trust. Avoid clicking on any links. This can lead you to malicious sites.

Never Give Your Personal Information Away – We all have several passwords for our social media, shopping, and business accounts. One thing you should remember is that these accounts will never ask you for your password. Many hackers will attempt to impersonate a company in what is called a phishing scam. Call the company directly and find out if the email address is from them.