Email Password Security Tips

Anyone with an email address knows how much of a problem spam is and how much time it takes out of your day to go through it all.  Over 90% of all email passing through the Internet today is junk mail.  In order to help combat this problem, making sure your email account is as secure as possible is a big part of the process.  I know you try to keep your passwords simple so that you can remember them all, but in today’s age of junk mail, that’s just not a viable option.

What are examples of non-secure passwords?

  • password
  • ou812
  • 12345
  • ANY case where the password matches the first part of your email address, such as john@rvusa.com and the password is “john”

Why should I have a secure password on my email account?

  • If your account is compromised, the spammer can use it to send out junk email to everyone on your contact list and any other email accounts they have.
  • This leads to your email account getting labeled as a spammer as well as the mail server you are hosting with.
  • In addition, your contacts, customers, potential customers, etc., may block any incoming emails from you in the future – not good.

How can I make my email password secure?

  • Minimum length of your password should be 6 characters
  • Your password will not match your username
  • Include at least 3 of the following character types:  lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers, symbols or special characters (!, #, +, etc.)
  • If you have multiple email accounts, use unique passwords for each

If you have any questions about email password security, email hosting, etc., let me know.  You can either post your comments / questions here, or email me directly, cindy@rvusa.com.

I’d like to thank my Network Adminstrator, Dan Friesen, for his helpful input on this important topic.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Cindy Spencer  🙂