Steps to secure government issued email

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Recently, the government of Nepal has mandated the compulsory use of email in all the government workstation. The rule came up under a government directive entitled “Government entities email management directives 2075”. As there have been massive changes in the world of information communication and technology, this initiation by the government can play the significant role for all the service seekers.

Since it is very positive of the government it can face some challenges and threats in future. Emails are very sensitive as it includes lots of official data and information. The very necessary thing for email is protection and privacy. Hackers have grown immensely, who knows if the government email ID’s are their next target.

To avoid different kinds of challenges and threats we have prepared basic security guide which might teach them of secure computer and online usage practices.

Create secure and strong password
Creating secure and strong password lies always at the top of the list. It is very essential to put strong password. While creating pass do not include only numbers or alphabets on it. Try to create a password that is composed of different alphabet numbers and symbols.   Passwords should always be complex and unguessable.

Record your password safely
you should never save or store your password in a place where there is an easy access to other people. Do not turn on the password saving feature. If you find difficult to remember your password you can use password manager. Some of the highly recommended password managers are LastPass, KeePass, 1password and among other.

Be careful while logging in to your email from other’s computer
As much as possible do not use others computer for signing in your email address. Sometime it can be urgent or necessary to use others computers, at that time you can exercise private windows or incognito mode to login to your email. Use shortcut “ctrl+shift+p” to open private browsing mode in Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, and use “ctrl+shift+n” to open incognito mode in Google Chrome. In these modes, none of your data is stored by the browser. At last the most important thing   do not forget to logout.

Be away of the spoofed emails
It is easy to spoof Email addresses that mean attackers can employ genuine email addresses to send mails in order to steal information and data. So, immediately report the emails to the authorised IT administrator if it claims to be official and asks for sensitive information, access to your computer or for your password.

Verify the authenticity of any email that seems valid before giving away any information by contacting the relevant department. Attackers can also use social engineering tricks like making official appearing calls in an attempt to steal information so you must also be wary of such calls.

The above-mentioned points are taken as a reference from ThreatNix. Click here to view original post.

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