Your email is where you keep your most personal and financial information.
If a cyber criminal accesses your email, they could:
- access your other online accounts using the 'forgot password' feature (which often sends you an email)
- access personal or business information and use this to scam you or people you know
Two actions to instantly help protect your email
Use a strong and different password for your email using 3 random words
Your email password should be strong and different from all your other passwords.
Combining 3 random words that each mean something to you is a great way to create a password that is easy to remember but hard to crack.
Do not use words that can be guessed (like your pet's name). You can include numbers and symbols if needed. For example, “Hippo!PizzaRocket1”
Turn on 2-Step Verification (2SV) for your email
2-Step Verification (2SV) gives you twice the protection so even if cyber criminals have your password, they can't access your email.
2SV works by asking for more information to prove your identity. For example, getting a code sent to your phone when you sign in using a new device or change settings such as your password.
You won't be asked for this every time you check your email.