Email is one of the quickest and most convenient ways to communicate and just about everyone uses it. In fact, you probably have multiple email accounts for your personal life, work, school and other organizations you're a part of. But, email isn't just easy and convenient, it's also vulnerable to attack.
When you send me an email, data is transferred from your computer or mobile device, to your server, to my server and then to my PC and mobile device. The path from sending to receiving is reliable but also treacherous from a security standpoint because there are many points along the way for a would-be hacker to attack.
Luckily, there's one defense you can use to protect your email accounts from hackers, and it's really easy to pull off. I'm not talking about encryption or security software. This solution is a whole lot simpler.
So, how can keep snoops out of your email account? Be boring. You read that right. As long as you aren't sending the type of information that hackers are interested in, odds are they'll leave you alone.
The good news is that you can be very well protected from these email vulnerabilities by simply being a bore (my friends tell me I am an expert at this). Keeping your email “boring for hackers” (by never emailing anything that you would not want to become public) is an easy and effective way to mitigate the risks in email security.
If you want to take additional steps to secure your online communications, you can check out Yahoo. The company recently announced that it will allow users to encrypt emails by the end of the year.