When using an email service, it is important to be careful. Although the platform is more private than social networks, it is also the target of dangerous scams and vulnerabilities. Users can protect your security by taking action and avoiding making mistakes, such as sending personal data such as CPF and RG in a message.
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In addition, it is vital to pay attention to the access permissions that email add-ons require during installation, and to keep your inbox organized to avoid a headache when searching for an important message. Check out the following list of five actions that may make it difficult to work with email, and learn how to use the tool more consciously.
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While deleting emails is one of the top tips for keeping your inbox neat, keep in mind that old messages can contain important documents, such as meeting details, presentations, and task schedules. Another point that should be taken into consideration before deleting an email is the risk of losing contact with someone, as the message can serve as a reminder of the person's email address.
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2. Download attachments from suspicious senders
Cybercriminals can use email attachments to spread viruses and other malicious files. Scam messages are usually alarming and urgent in tone, and they pass by entities of great importance and trust, such as banks or government institutions. That's why it's important not to download attachments from suspicious senders without first evaluating them.
A good option to evaluate file format: Some extensions considered safe are GIF, JPG or JPEG, TIF or TIFF, MPG or MPEG, MP3, WAV, DOC, XLS and TXT. These formats are the most common in email attachments, and represent different types of media. It is also important to be wary of files with "double extensions" such as image.gif.exe. The only extension that matters the last. In this example, the EXE represents an executable file that opens automatically at download time. Files with double extensions are often misleading and malicious.
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3. Roll up emails in inbox
Leaving accumulated emails in the inbox can be a problem, as well as taking up unnecessary space, they hinder search engine and filter the demands that need more attention. To alleviate this problem, you can create filters so that emails from annoying senders, for example, are always forwarded to trash or spam. It is also important to establish a criterion for deleting messages considered irrelevant.
4. Allow excessive app access to email
You can deploy new functions to email platforms by installing apps and add-ons, but you need to pay attention to the privacy permissions requested by the plugin before installing it. Be suspicious of services that request access to too much information, such as viewing all emails sent or received by your account.
These apps can sell user email data to target ads and marketing. From the history of navigation to products bought on the market, everything can be traced. Also, if anyone has access to your email, they can reset their passwords, from your online banking to social media profiles.
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5. Andsend emails containing personal data
Never send an email that contains personal data, such as your social security number, ID, or even credit card or checking account. If you need to pass this information on to someone, you prefer to do so in person. Should this data fall into the wrong hands, a malicious person could impersonate you.
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