Using Webmail Wisely
This section provides some tips to end-users
on using webmail wisely.
- Usually the default setting of social networking website is to allow anyone to see your profile. You can customize your settings to restrict access to only authorised people.
- Select only trusted and well-known webmail
- Configure your webmail accounts properly.
Most free webmail service providers now provide
a number of different options and security settings.
Customise those settings so that:
- The spam filtering feature is enabled,
- All anti-virus functions are enabled,
- block HTML-formatted emails. Some emails
appear in HTML format with a number of embedded
images that may contain clickable web links
and potential viruses. If your webmail client
allows it, consider blocking HTML-formatted
- Use a strong password
- If you use a public computer to check and
read email, read the tips on how to use
a public computer. If you access your webmail
account using a shared computer, remember to
clear the data in cache, cookies, and other
temporary buffer space that might hold your
email attachments before you leave the machine.
- Webmail also is just another form of email,
so learning how to properly handle
emails will be valuable.
- Beware of phishing.
- If you are using the webmail service provided
by your ISP, check if the webmail account comes
with sufficient security features such as protection
from virus and malicious code, anti-spam filters,
- Check the email storage size limits. There
are often limitations on the total storage size
of emails in your account(s) and on the size
of attached files.
- Check the email deletion policy. Some webmail
service providers will purge emails automatically
after the date received, depending on a set
period of time, e.g. 90 days.
- Check the email account disabling policy.
Some webmail service providers will disable
an active account if the user does not login
for a certain pre-defined period of time, e.g.