Symbolically speaking, the key to an email account is the password. It is through the password that you are able to unlock the email account’s door, in order to subsequently access the account. When you think of it that way, you will start appreciating why you need to take great care when creating a password for your email account. And when you think of it that way, you will also be inclined to take proper care of your email account’s password. That will be the case especially when you also consider the fact that anyone who happens to come across your email account’s password can subsequently access and fully control the account. With these background facts in mind, you will find these 7 tips for email account passwords handy.
Always use an email account password that you can remember with ease
You need to always keep it in mind that if you happen to forget the password, you may end up being locked out of your email account – especially if you also can’t remember the answers to the secret questions. If you use a password that is too hard to remember, chances are that you will be tempted to write it down somewhere. That is risky, especially if you write down the password alongside the email account username. In that case, anyone subsequently coming across the note (where you wrote the password and the username) would then be able to use those credentials to access and gain control of your email account. Thus, the best ideal is to use a password that you can remember off-head.
Always use an email account password that is hard for anyone else to guess
You need to avoid using details such as your name, your birthday, your hometown name or other such details that can be easily guessed as your email passwords. This can be a dilemma to some people – combining the first tip where you have to use an email account password that you can easily remember with this second tip where, at the same time, the password has to be one that is hard for anyone else to guess.
Avoid using the ‘common’ email account passwords
Here, we are looking at the likes of ‘123456’ and ‘abcdef’. Your password needs to unique: one that can’t be easily guessed using the software programs that have been developed to track and crack the commonly used passwords.
Avoid giving out your email account password to other people
An email account password should ideally be personal. There is really no reason as to why you would give your passwords to anyone else. If you give your password to anyone, you need to remember that this other person will have gotten the power to access and fully control your email account. That can be disastrous, especially if we are looking at your main email account: the one through which you carry out the bulk of your correspondence, and within which there probably are your most important contacts. These things seem to be too obvious, but we still hear stories of people who share email account passwords.
Don’t allow public computers to ‘remember’ your email account password
If you do this, it means that the next person who uses the computer will be able to access your email account, and take full control of it. Even if you will have ‘signed off’ or ‘logged out’ the computer will still be able to ‘remember’ the email account password. Therefore, when using a public computer, ensure that the checkbox that asks you whether to ‘remember’ your password is not checked. Actually, some experts argue that there is no reason to tell the computer to ‘remember’ your password, even when using a supposedly private computer. Surely, entering a password every time you wish to access the email account isn’t too much work.
Change your email account password from time to time
The objective here would be simply to keep your email account secure.
Use a unique password for each email account you set up
This should actually be extended to say that you need to use a unique password for every service you sign up for. If you use the same password for all your accounts, it means that anyone who happens to come across the password for one of the accounts would be able to access/gain full control of all your other accounts — and possibly mess you up completely.