Choose a user name that is general but sensible – you may need to use this for job applications, for example. If you are worried about being easily identified, then choose one that does not contain your real name.
Have a strong and secure password and don’t share it with anyone. Having a strong password that you change regularly and is not easy to guess is the best way to protect your account from hackers. Always change your password if you think your account has been compromised in any way.
Be wary of unsolicited emails – if you do not know who they are from, they are probably spam.
Don’t click on suspicious links or attachments, even if they look like they have been sent to you by a friend. Ask yourself, ‘Is this something my friend would send me? Does it sound like them?’ If in doubt, give your friend a call or send a new email just to check. Otherwise – delete the email!
Sign out of email services once you have finished checking them.
For more information about keeping your devices and accounts secure, see our Securing your accounts and devices page.