These days, one can check, send or receive emails from almost any gadget, especially the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus. It has become such a natural communication mean that, more often than not, we end up transferring all kinds of information through it. On top of all that, we also use the email to create accounts on our favorite social networks or websites, to recover forgotten passwords and so on. And just like with any other digital product in this digital era, the more you use your email, the more you need to protect it.
In today’s article, we’re going to share with you the most effective tips on how to protect your emails from hackers. As you probably heard, not too long ago, four Russian hackers were charged by the U.S. officials for . You can never know whether one of those 500 million accounts wasn’t yours. Or if one of those Yahoo accounts hasn’t already been used to reach to your Gmail account.
If you’re familiarized with our saying – better to be safe than sorry – you won’t need other explanations. So, long story short, here is how to protect your email account on Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus:
- Choose a strong password – a strong password means a combination of numbers, Capslock, and symbols. It doesn’t have to be something impossible to remember, you can still pick something that has a special meaning to you but make it more memorable. Or, just look at your keyboard and pick something in a particular order, though not as in qwerty. Be creative and stay away from the most common patterns.
- Set up your two-step verification – this feature will require you to add a phone number where you should receive a verification code that you need to type in, every time when you want to log into your email account. Having an alternative email address is also essential, just like you should, every now and then, log out of your account and update the recovery information, . Remember that your account can be hacked and you still be clueless about it. So, do not wait for a sign that something is wrong before you resort to the extra protection measures – that sign may never come until it is too late.
- Don’t keep the same password for too long – aside from acting proactively about your account, you should also consider changing that strong password with a new one, just as strong. It cannot hurt to do such adjustments!
- Use different passwords for different accounts – sure, one password for all the accounts will spare you from having to remember too many passwords, yet it’s not a safe thing to do at all. Just think of it – if a hacker would really get your email password and it’s the same for your social media accounts, for your financial accounts, and any other online services that you’re using, you can consider all of them compromised.
- Refrain from using particular words – part of setting up a strong and creative password, avoiding particular words is just as important. In the previously mentioned situation, the Russian hackers used terms like “credit card”, “passwords”, “visa” and many other common words to hack the accounts. So, it would be a good idea to use letters that have no meaning as a whole, though, they might serve as initials for a phrase that has a meaning to you.
How can you tell if you’ve been hacked?
We’ve said it before, some hackers leave no traces and you might continue to use your email and perhaps add sensitive information to it without even knowing that it has been compromised. There are, however, particular clues that will help you suspect that something may be wrong with your account, such as:
- Not getting any emails for a couple of days in a row;
- Noticing that your Security or Personal Info sections have been recently modified;
- Not being able to log into your account at all;
- Finding emails, in your Sent folder or in the Trash folder, that you have never personally sent.
If your email service allows it, you can also check when and where did you access the email account for the last time on your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus. With , for instance, the recent activity can be accessed by going to Settings, Account Info, and Manage Account. Under the Recent Activity tab, you will find everything you need. The same goes for the Gmail accounts, only that you will have to check the Details section in there.