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Consider opening an additional email to reduce spam

Many domains offer free email accounts. If you frequently submit your email address (for online shopping, signing up for services, or including it on something like a comment card), you may want to have a secondary email account to protect your primary email account from any spam that could be generated. You could also use […]

Use contact forms instead of posting your email address

If you post your email address out in the open on a personal or professional website, it’s likely just a matter of time before your inbox receives a flood of spam or phishing attempts. Embed a contact form on the page instead.

Don’t click links in spam emails

Lots of spam relies on generators that try different variations of email addresses at certain domains. If you click a link within an email message or reply to a certain address, you are just verifying that your email address is valid. Unwanted messages that offer an “unsubscribe” option are particularly tempting, but this is often […]

Be careful of requests to confirm or update your personal information

Most organizations – banks, colleges, companies, etc. – don’t ask for your personal information over email. Don’t divulge personally identifiable information (PII) online such as your full name, telephone number, address, credit card information, social security number, or doctor’s name. Avoid opening attachments, clicking on links, or responding to email messages from unknown senders or […]

Disable default HTML image downloads in Gmail

Loading an HTML email from an unreliable source could expose you to malicious content. If you want to disable images from automatically loading in Gmail, click the Settings button, and in the General section, scroll down to Images. You can select “Ask before displaying external images.” If you’re on mobile, you’ll have to select your […]

Check which devices are logged into your Google Account

If you suspect there might be an unauthorized user on your Google Account, you can check which devices are logged into it. From any Google application, click on your user icon, then select “Manage your Google Account.” Navigate to the Security menu, and find the section labeled “Your devices.” If you don’t recognize something, follow […]