by jijo272 - 3/3/12 3:22 AM
which is the safest email provider, yahoo, gmail, windows live mail, etc?
by: jijo272 March 3, 2012 3:22 AM PST
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All of them
and none of them.
They are what you make of them so there is no best or safest provider.
In otherwords, Mark, if you have AntiVirus and other software for malware, etc. - they are all the same?
I have Avast and Malwarebytes and I use Windows Live Mail - Gmail - & Yahoo Mail.
and what you have are both good.
But it goes deeper than that and good email management helps a lot. By 'safer' I assume you mean safe from malware infected emails and safe from spam. Here are some tips that I follow;
Just to say straight out, we can't prevent spam completely, but we can help to minimise it. And also to say that email is one of the most used methods for distributing malware
1] If you receive an email that is obviously spam, do not open it. Do not even preview it. Delete it immediately without opening or previewing.
2] If you do open an obvious spam email in error, or if you receive an email that you believed was genuine but turned out to be spam;
do not reply to it
do not click any link in the email that says "Unsubscribe"
do not click any links in the email.
Any of these can return messages to the spammer that your email is active and so he can then send you more spam.
3] Some spam will get through. Set up Message Rules that delete emails if the subject contains ...whatever subjects are being spammed at present.
4] Ensure your email account is set to empty the Delete folder when you log off. But beware, if you delete emails in error then log off, they will be gone.
5] Some spam emails may look like they come from you yourself or from friends/relatives/other-contacts. You will know if you sent yourself an email so those ones can be deleted. The others from friends, relatives, etc, you may not be able to tell, but if they turn out to be spam, delete them. Email addressing can easily be spoofed and there is no way to prevent that.
6] Banks and other financial institutions as well as online shops you have shopped at will sometimes send you emails. But THEY WILL NEVER give you a link to click to CHECK OR CONFIRM YOUR ACCOUNT. if you receive any of those, they are PHISHING SCAMS and should be ignored, deleted, and sent to hell.
7] Never post your email address in public forums like these, or in comments to blogs or in any other web site which are open to the public. Spam Bots, robotic computer code, trawl those for email addresses so they can be spammed.
1] It is better to open emails in Plain text rather than in HTML format. HTML format gives emails images and links that can be clicked, but both of those 'can' be malware. However I know how difficult it is to read plain text emails, and I don't do this myself, I read them in HTML format. But I do take care what emails I read.
2] If you use email software like Outlook Express, Outlook, Thunderbird, Eudora, or Windows Live Mail, make sure your anti-virus software's email checker is enabled. It helps, (but is not 100%), to prevent malware getting in, and also helps preventing you from sending malware in your own emails.
3] If you use Web Mail through a browser, make sure you are using a browser that is secure, and that has security add-ons; for example I use Firefox that does not employ ActiveX the way Internet Explorer does, and it also has the NoScript and WOT add-ons.
4] Email attachments. NEVER open email attachments directly from the email. Instead, save the attachment to some convenient location, (I use my Desktop as a temporary storage location), so that you can scan the file(s) with your anti-virus scanner before opening them.
Those are some of the steps I take. There may be others that other people use.
I hope that helps.
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