Don’t let email scams ruin your day with these digital identity protection tips

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Email is a vital part of our everyday working and personal lives, but this also means it is a continual target for scammers and hackers.

Keeping your email accounts at home and the office safe is paramount, as these services often hold most of our vital documents, files and even memories.

With email scams still a significant threat to users everywhere, we took a look at some top tips that should help users across the world stay safe.

Watch out for phishing

Phishing scams have been around for years, but with tactics evolving and becoming more sophisticated, they are definitely something you need to still look out for.

Aiming to trick victims into handing over personal information or financial details by using legitimate-looking emails hiding malicious links, criminals often now use real company branding and imagery to fool users into clicking on links that are definitely not legitimate, and could leave you heavily out of pocket or divulging valuable personal data.

Fortunately, Bitdefender Premium Security Plus comes with a range of tools to make you stay protected from all the latest threats, including advanced anti-phishing protection that detects and blocks any malicious websites looking to steal your financial data, passwords or credit card numbers, as well as featuring an advanced filtering system that warns whenever you visit websites that may try to scam you. 

Stand up to spam for good

Spam emails are another online threat that is nothing new, dating back to the very earliest days of the internet, but still remains an annoyance for many of us, clogging up your inbox and slowing down your email server just when you need it the most.

Bitdefender Premium Security Plus features specially-optimised antispam services that are able to filter irrelevant messages from your inbox, saving you the stress of manually sorting through and wasting valuable time.

The service is available for a range of popular email clients, including the likes of Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird, meaning irrelevant messages should be kept far away from your inbox, and letting you focus on the emails that matter. 

Protect all your devices

Email is no longer just for your desktop computer, as most of us doubtlessly use a smartphone or tablet to check emails on a number of different devices, especially when on the way to work or heading to a meeting.

But this efficiency may also lead to possible security concerns, as the more devices you use to get online, the bigger the risk, especially as users may let down their guard when using a personal device for work-related tasks. Personal devices may also lack the same amount of security protection that your employer-granted, remotely-monitored work device may do, putting you at even higher risk.

Bitdefender Premium Security Plus is able to protect and secure all your devices, with the platform working across multiple software versions, including Windows, macOS, Android and iOS, where it can be used across up to 15 devices per household, making sure your emails remain safe, whatever device you use. 

Keep your identity safe at all costs

Even if you do follow all this advice, the worst can still happen. If you do think you've fallen victim to a phishing scam, there are still some precautions you can put in place to make sure your most valuable information remains secure.

Bitdefender Premium Security Plus offers a range of tools to protect from ID theft scams, primarily through its Digital Identity Protection tool, which allows users to constantly monitor, alert, and protect your personal data, scanning the web in real-time for leaks and sending alerts if any of your information or accounts are exposed.

It also provides users with an Identity Protection Score to track and manage your digital footprint, giving a risk map alongside a list of suggested actions to ensure your details remain safe and secure.

For news on all the latest threats, you can also get real-time updates about malware outbreaks and scams on the Bitdefender Blog.