How Can I Protect My Email Account From Spam And Malicious Attacks?

There have been many modes of communication throughout the centuries. As a species we have gotten quite good at being able to transform our landscape of technology so that we are able to make the communication process a lot better. One of the breakthroughs that we had in the past century is the internet.

While it is a technology that is still in its infancy, the beginnings of the internet were born to fruit almost fifty years ago. What those scientists and engineers did so many years ago is now just starting to bear fruit. One of the main technologies that people have taken and used from this internet revolution is the email system.


Email, although it has its competition these days, is still the most popular way of communicating on the internet. For a big portion of the population out there, the only thing that they do on the internet is to check their email account. While email is very popular, there are still a lot of holes in the system that need to be patched. We need to be able to trust our email and make sure that it is not being invaded as we use it.

So we will take a look at several things in this article. The first thing that we will look at is how you can make sure that your email account will not be attacked. After that, the next thing that we will take a look at is the right software that will help you to be able to stop some of the most popular attacks when it comes to your email account. There is a lot of new software out there that will help make sure that your email account is cleaned and we will profile some of them. So let’s get ready to take a look and hopefully, after this article, your email will always be safe.

Keeping Your Email Account Safe

Your email account is something that you will check every day. It is as important to you in these days as your telephone number would have been ten years ago. It is how people are able to keep up with you, especially when it comes to business matters. The fact that you are able to attach extra files and images to the email that you send also helps a lot.

For all of the things that your email account might mean to you, it is important that we make sure that no-one is able to bring it down. So before we talk about the software that will help you accomplish this feat, let’s take a look at what you can do to help stop the attacks without the software.

The first thing that you need to do is to make sure that you are careful of what emails you open. If you have an active email account then there is sure to be spam to soon follow. The spam economy is not going away anytime soon so you must make sure that you recognize it. If the email is in your spam folder then there is no need to open it. Some messages that you might want to see might be accidentally sent to the spam folder but for the most part it is stuff that may harm your computer. The normal folder in your email account might also get some unwanted visitors. With these, you must be careful of any links that you click on. This is how infections are introduced to the computer. Links from email messages like this will send you to an unwanted web site that will download something onto your computer so be careful when you are dealing with any unsolicited email messages. Also make sure that you scan everything that you download to your computer, no matter whom it comes from.

Now Here Comes The Software Backup

Since we discussed what you can do without the software, let’s take a look at the software that will help you. There are several software tools out there that will help your email stay clean but one of the most popular is the normal antivirus suite. These days, if you pay for your antivirus, and sometimes when you don’t, one of the features that they will offer is the ability to scan all incoming email. If you can get that feature it is definitely worth it. Being able to open email without manually inspecting each piece can save you a lot of time and energy.

All of the most popular antivirus suites offer these features so you should really take a look at them. There is also software that is considered stand alone that will help protect your email account as well. It does a little bit more than the antivirus features, especially when it comes to fighting spam. One of the programs out there is called SPAMfighter (Buy Now!) – it will keep your email safe from all of the dangerous spam that is out there.

These are a few of the tools that you can use to keep your email safe. You should not have to worry about your email account anymore.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


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