Email Security Checklist

Account Filters

  • Email service providers vary, but reputable webmail services will automatically filter known spammers. If you want even more control, you can change your privacy settings by clicking on the account profile or settings icon, and follow the links listed.
  • If you don't want to receive email from anyone outside work or family contacts, you can modify your email, and the rest will go to trash. Just be sure to check your trash folder periodically to ensure you don't miss important emails from any new contacts.
  • You can set up your email to block spammers by sending an automatic verify email notification to senders not on your contact list. The sender will have to verify their email address by clicking on a link.
  • You can block any sender you don't recognize or have received unsolicited emails from in the past.
  • If you do receive Spam, click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the junk email.

Scam Prevention

  • Phishing is a scheme used by scammers posing as legitimate companies in order to gain access to your personal account information. If you receive an email from a company or retailer requesting your password due to an account problem, contact the company immediately for verification.
  • ;Strange symbols in the subject line, bizarre phrases, or statements claiming you've won a prize or free product may indicate a scam or virus. Trash and block the sender.
  • If you get an email with a suspicious subject line ;from a contact on your list, ;it's best to trash the item and respond to your contact personally. Often when email accounts are hacked, spam emails are sent to everyone on the user's contact list. ; ;If you suspect this has happened, notify your contact immediately.
  • Never open attachments from ;unsolicited ;or unrecognized senders. Never open any attachments with the .exe as an extension, as this may be a virus that can destroy your computer. Trash the email immediately and block the sender.

Send Securely

  • Ensure you are sending all emails and attachments to your intended recipients; double check the correct email addresses before hitting send.
  • Bank account information, social security and credit card numbers should never be sent via email.
  • If you must send sensitive documents, compress it into a zip file or other format and require a password in order for the recipient to access the information.

Prevent scammers and spammers from hacking into your email account with our Email Security Checklist. Know how to protect sensitive information, modify your account settings and keep your personal information personal!