Safety Tips For Your Email Address

The email address is still the number one way on the web to identify who you are. While we have seen a lot of new technologies come out which allow you to be able to communicate with people, the number one technology to be able to do this is still your email account. Email has been around for a long time now and I doubt that it will be going anywhere anytime soon. We have seen the rise of instant messaging as well as internet voice services and yet Email is still hanging in there. And there are several reasons why.

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The number one reason why Email is still around is because it is easy to use. The interface is known to anyone who joins up on the internet. One of the number one reasons why older people use the internet is so that they can use an email account. It does not take long to learn how to use it and with it they are able to talk to people from around the world. Younger people are starting to use email less than they have in the past with technologies like Facebook taking over. But in the end they all still have an email addresses and while they may use them less than they did before you will find that they still use them at some point.

But even though email is an established technology there are still a lot of dangers that go along with it. You have to be really careful when you are using your email account. That is because it is the gateway to a lot of different web attacks. While most people may think that the worst thing that you get in your email address is spam that simply is not true. There are a lot worse things that are lurking in your email account and you should be aware of them. That is exactly what we are going to do in this article. We are going to try our best to make you aware of the dangers that are in your email account.

What you should be aware of when it comes to your email account

The first thing that we are going to warn you about is malicious links that are in your email messages. One of the great things about using email is being able to communicate with your friends about anything. And when you go online and surf the web there are going to be times when you want to share links with the people that you know. You want to be able to be amused or shocked at what you have found. Your email account allows you to be able to do this. And it is a pretty easy thing to do. All you have to do is paste the link to the email message and the person who receives the message will be able to click on it.

At times clicking links in an email can be dangerous. The bad guys have figured out that too many people will trust a link that is sent to them through email. So they will send links in that manner in the hopes that you will come to their virus laden web sites. And too many times it works. People click on the wrong link in their email account and the next thing you know their computer is not quite the same as it used to be. If you want to keep this from happening to you, avoid clicking on email links from people that you do not know.

Another attack that happens through your email also has to do with clicking on bad links. But instead of just being a casual message, the senders of the link pretend to be someone you know. They pretend to be your bank or they pretend to be a web service like Paypal. They will tell you that something is wrong with your account and that you must click the link to fix it. And you are easily convinced because everything looks official. This is reinforced when you actually click on the link and you are sent to their web site. It looks just like their official web site. But it is not. You have been tricked and when you tried to log into their web site you instead logged onto a fake site which collected your information. This is why when you get a message like this, you should head directly to the site and not click on the link that is in your email message.

Email is a very good technology to use. For the most part it is very safe. But you do have to be aware of the dangers that it can present. You really have to be careful with the links that you click in your email messages.

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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