IndianMagic has compiled the following tips to help make you a
safe, secure and savvy e-mail user:|
|Change your password often. The quick act of changing your password can
ensure your e-mail remains private. In addition, passwords that use both
letters and numbers are harder to break.
|Don't share your password. Most e-mail administrators will not ask for
your password. Do not be duped by malicious e-mails asking you for your
password. This is a well-known, although not-too-common trick designed to
fool you into sharing your password. As a rule, never share it with anyone.
|Never open attachments from unknown sources. They may contain what are
known as "letterbombs" or "viruses," which can damage
|Always remember to sign out when you are done. It's quick, easy and may
save your account from unwanted trespassers. If you are using a public
terminal, at an internet cafe for example, it is advised that you close the
browser you were using when you are ready to end your Internet session.
|Don't reply to unsolicited messages ("spam") mail, or other
harassing or offensive mail. By responding, you only confirm that you are a
person with an active e-mail address who can be plagued with constant
unwanted e-mail solicitations. Instead, forward the unsolicited message to
the customer service department of the source's e-mail (usually of a form
similar to abuse@[implicateddomain].com). To help control spam, IndianMagic
provides members with "filters" for incoming mail. These can
easily be set up to send certain messages (such as those that include
certain words) directly to your online trash can.
|Make sure that you are using the most up-to-date Internet software (e.g.
browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator). More
recent versions often offer enhanced security protection.
|Always use a secure network. Most corporate networks and Internet service
providers are protected by administrators who watch for potential security
problems and act to protect users from "hackers" (malicious users)
who may try to steal personal information that is transferred through the
network. Although the risk is small, use caution when on any unfamiliar
network. Use stations maintained by sources you trust, or ask if the
Internet terminal you are using is protected against security break-ins.
|Use common sense when you're on the Internet and maintain a healthy dose
of skepticism. Use caution when revealing personal information, such as your
physical address, to anyone you meet in cyberspace; even if they claim to be
someone of authority.