The struggle to memorize and maintain passwords is not only stressful, but can lead to the adoption of bad habits, like creating weak passwords, or setting identical passwords for multiple accounts. You may be surprised to learn that your email password is your most valuable. Here is why this password should be the most guarded.
Picture your inbox and the vast amount of personal data it contains. Imagine all of the accounts you have created over the years using your email address and all of the websites you have given your email address too. You should think of your email as the gateway to a multitude of other accounts, all holding personal information and data about yourself. Your email password is the lock on that gateway.
Security Questions/Password Resets:
Your inbox contains enough personal details about your life, your family, your job, and your interests for people to gain the information they need to answer your security questions. Think of the security questions you may have answered in the past in order to reset a password. The answers to those questions are likely somewhere in your message history, whether you are aware of it or not. Even if people are not able to easily guess your passwords based on the contents of your inbox, they can always reset them.
Rethink Your Email Provider:
You may have, or know someone who has, an email address from their internet service provider (ISP), for example firstname.lastname@example.org. While these email addresses may seem harmless and convenient, they can leave you open to vulnerabilities.
If you have an email account with your ISP and relocate, losing this email address, this means that address can now be assigned to a new Cogeco client and used to reset passwords. Using a universal email provider like Google or Hotmail means you can take you email address with you wherever you go and do not have to worry about antiquated email accounts from years gone by.
Your Own Domain Name:
If you are a business owner it is vital to have email accounts from your domain name and not generic addresses from a universal email providers. Not only do universal email addresses look less professional, but you have little control over the address. If, for example, an employee leaves they would have the ability to access and reset passwords for this account and could do your business serious damage.
For help securing your business’ email accounts contact Weehooey today. We can register and establish domain names and assist with all of your email security needs.