To help you improve your security, we at AVG have created our email security checklist to help you avoid the biggest threats.1. use complex passwords
Never choose something obvious like 123456789 or a combination of your name and date of birth. Rather, use something unusual that is at least 16 characters long. To come up with something you can remember, use the first letter of each word in one of your favourite phrases and replace some letters with numbers (but avoid obvious things like "@" instead of "a" or "5" instead of "S"). For example, using this method, you can get the password "1eatscoatjfwb,dttcashh" from the sentence "One evening as the sun came out and the jungle fire was burning, down the track came a hobo hiking".2. do not reuse passwords
Never use the same password twice. Not even variants of it. This way you protect your other online accounts in case your email account is ever attacked. To keep them clear, add more characters to identify which account a password belongs to. For example, "el" in "el1eatscoatjfwb,dttcahh" stands for "email".3. do not download images automatically
If you allow images to be downloaded and displayed in HTML, you may be putting yourself at risk. Spammers can tell that your email account is active and therefore a potential target. Rather, set your email settings to "simplified", "original" HTML, or better yet, plain text.4. the methods of the phishers
Familiarise yourself with the phishing tricks used by fraudsters. Then you will know what to look out for and will not fall into the trap. It is also advisable to download AVG Internet Security. This will help you protect yourself against spam and scams before they reach your inbox.5. do not click!
Never take risks by clicking on a link or opening attachments in unexpected email messages. These may lead you to a website with malware. AVG Internet Security can also be helpful. It detects infected file attachments and blocks malicious content.Back up everything important
If an email contains information that must not be lost, forward it to another address. This keeps a copy at all times. (Be sure to use a separate, strong password for this account).7. use blind copy (BCC)
Protect the privacy of your contacts by not putting all recipients in the "To" field when sending or forwarding messages. Instead, use the "BCC" field so that recipients cannot see who else has received the message.8. do not use free WLAN
This is exactly what we mean. It's easy for cybercriminals to eavesdrop on you and steal your passwords. If you have no other option, don't check your email on free wifi or over other non-password protected networks. It is even better to use a personal VPN, e.g. HideMyAss. 9.9 Never send confidential information by e-mail.
One hundred percent security is not guaranteed for any email you will ever send, and you have no control over what the recipient does with the information they receive. Therefore, never send private information such as credit card details, usernames or passwords via email.
Bonus tip: Use a complicated email address.
If you are thinking of changing your email provider, invent a really crazy address. The more complicated it is, the harder it is for hackers to automatically generate it or guess it based on your name. If you have to use your name, also add digits or other characters, e.g.