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Protecting Your Email Account from Hackers

August 9, 2012 by admin in Internet, Security

Electronic mail, otherwise known as email, has revolutionized the way people communicate with one another wherever they are in the world. When you send something via email: a document, a letter and even photos; the recipient gets it in real time.

What this means is that there is no waiting period – well, except when the system is down.

This reason alone is enough to make people want to create their own accounts in order to fully enjoy the benefits of cyber communication. While there are several email providers that you can sign-up with, one of the most popular worldwide is Yahoo.

 

Setting Up an Email Account

It is quite easy to create an email account, even for the non-techie. Basically, you will simply follow the instructions on setting up an account as per specific guidelines of the email provider you have chosen.

Basic information such as your name, address and gender will be asked from you. After which, you will be asked to create an account name. This will serve as your email ID. You will also be asked to create your own password.

Usually, you will be advised by the email provider if your password is weak or strong. If your password is weak, a yahoo password change is highly recommended.

Creating a Password

On the one hand, if you already have an existing Yahoo account and you simply want to change yahoo password, this is also very easy to do.

Simply sign-in to your account in the usual way, go to My Account upon which you will be directed to your Account Information. Go to Sign-In and Security. Here, you can see options for changing your password as well as update password information like your Secret Question.

Tips on Creating Your Email Password

When creating a password, whether for an email account or for a membership to a social networking site or for anything else for that matter; it is recommended that you create a combination of letters and numbers to make your password harder to guess.

In other words, make your password alphanumeric.

However, the combination should be created such that it cannot be connected to you in any way. This makes it doubly hard to guess your password. For example, an alphanumeric password consisting of your name and your birth date is a big no-no.

People who know you may be able to guess your password eventually.

Also, it is not recommended that you have a singular password for all your accounts since one good guess of your password can open up all of your accounts.

Finally, just as you have made your password harder to guess; it has to be created in a way that you will remember it.

Better still, keep a record of your passwords and store your list in a place where no one will find it – not under your bed, inside your wallet or purse and definitely not on a stick-on posted on your monitor.

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