Keeping Your Email Secure

Helpful tips on how to keep e-mail and PC secure:

1. Use the following online vulnerability scanner and ensure your software is up-to-date: http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online/?task=load

2. Download anti-virus and fully scan your PC for malicious files. Here are some free online scanners for Windows, which is typically the most vulnerable to infection. If you have a different OS, there are similar programs that can be located and run on your system to protect it in the same way:

MalwareBytes ( http://www.malwarebytes.org/ ) and

ComboFix ( http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix ) have been reported to be able to clean a recent strain of malware that resists detection by almost all other anti-virus agents. It is highly suggested that you one or both of them and one of the following:

- http://housecall.trendmicro.com

- http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html

- http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner

- http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml

- http://www.eset.com

3. Update all passwords for any account that you access/own that may not be up to standards. Any passwords that have been compromised will need to be changed as well. Standards for secure passwords are available: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Password_strength#Guidelines_for_strong_passwords

4. Ensure that all scripts/plugins/modules/components are updated to the most recent released version, as new versions are released primarily to address known security vulnerabilities in these sites.

5. Keep your computer secure from malware infecting it. If your computer is compromised, your account can be compromised through your password being used to access it.

- Ensure you use the latest browser version; Ensure that said browser subscribes to Google’s blacklist API (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari)

- Disable javascript

- Use the firefox addon noscript

- Make sure your antivirus has a subscription to new database and version releases. This may cost some amount of money, but is well worth the expense.

- Use http://www.avg.com.au/index.cfm?section=avg&action=onlinescan to test suspicious links you are given in emails or find online.