It’s hard to not hear about the many attacks on Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail or other e-mail providers. Again and again, millions of accounts have been hacked and the information within made accessible to almost everyone in exchange for very little money. The most recently example is the huge LinkedIn hack, now estimated to include 117 million passwords. It’s time to see what you should do to avoid having your e-mail hacked by the bad guys of the internet.
Identity Safeguard – Your e-mail’s “bodyguard”
Whenever there are doubts regarding yours or another’s e-mail security, you can always check them using the Identity Safeguard feature in our Avira Free Antivirus for Android. When we developed it, we used a huge data base of hacked accounts. This is updated regularly, so you can find out quickly if your e-mail account has been compromised and if it’s time to change your password.
We developed the intelligence behind Identity Safeguard with the goal of tracking hacked accounts worldwide. Now we are able to regularly track company breaches and detect if accounts have been compromised so that you can know if it’s time to change your password.
Also, you can perform a check for an address in your contact list. The scan will tell you if the account was hacked or not so that you can be sure that the information you are sending will not fall into the wrong hands.
Perform an Identity Safeguard scan
The interface of the Identity Safeguard feature is very user-friendly. It only takes a few seconds to see if an email has been in a security breach or not. Just type the name of the address and hit the Scan button. Shortly after, you will receive the result. A good one, hopefully. 😀
If your e-mail is shown to have been connected to a breach, then it’s time to change your password. In order to prevent a breach, it’s always recommended not to share passwords across multiple sites. Of course, if you use only one password for multiple accounts, this is a great time to change that habit – and perhaps even start using two-factor authentication whenever possible.
Two-factor authentication requires that you have a second bit of information – or your device physically in hand – to successfully login to your account. It makes it much harder for someone to pretend to be you and gain unapproved access to your accounts and devices. That is why Avira has incorporated this into Online Essentials. And, this is also why LinkedIn now has this option.