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Webmail

Webmail, such as Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail or gmail – or that supplied by some internet service providers – makes it easy to email using different computers, smartphones and tablets. However, there are risks associated with using internet-based email, some of which are shared with other systems (see Spam & Scam email). 

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  • Always log out of webmail when you have finished emailing, particularly when using a shared computer.

General Webmail Safety Tips

  • Use webmail services from well-known and trusted companies.
  • Enable spam filtering or switch to a webmail provider that can do this (see Viruses & Spyware).
  • Use a strong password to log in (see Passwords).
  • Always log out of your webmail when you have finished emailing. This is particularly important on a shared computer. 
  • We recommend that you connect to webmail only when your webmail provider has a secure connection (indicated by a padlock in the bottom right hand side of your browser window and the letters ‘https://’ at the beginning of the website address). If the connection is not secure, take care not to send email which could reveal personal or financial information about yourself. 
  • Be wary about attachments in emails from unknown or untrusted sources. Some webmail systems automatically scan attachments for malware.
  • Make sure you have the latest antivirus/anti-spyware and firewall software installed. 

Don’t Lose Your Old email Messages

Some webmail systems may delete email messages if you exceed a storage quota. If your email archive is important, consider a paid-for online storage service, or using a webmail service without these restrictions.

Please also note that some webmail providers may suspend your account if you do not access it for an extended period of time. 

 

See also...

 

Firewalls
What a firewall is, and how it protects your computer.

Spam & Scam Emails
A few simple rules about dealing with spam and scam emails.

Viruses & Spyware
A basic understanding of computer viruses and spyware.

Fraud
Learn about the many types of online fraud and how to spot them.

 

Passwords
Choosing and using passwords correctly is very important. 

Computer Use in Public Places
Using computers, smartphones or tablets in public places safely