When receiving an email, as a general rule, verify the identy of the person or company sending it to you.
The easiest way for someone to hack your email account is for them to acquire your password. As a general rule, create a complicated password. Something that has nothing to do with your name, pet's name, family name or any other name associated with you.
Do not use your birthday, address or any other number related to you. Try instead a combination of numbers, characters and symbols. Eight or more characters are the ideal passwords.
For example: $%EU87!@X is a good password. Write down your password in a place you remember.
For email, if using your mobile device or computer email system, you will only need to type your password once as the device will remember it.
DO NOT USE PASSWORD MANAGERS
f you receive an unsolicited commercial email requesting personal information, do not provide any information without first checking directly with the company that appears to be the one requesting this information. Do not reply to the message or click any of the links in the message. Instead, visit the company's website and find an email address to contact regarding this issue, or call the company.
Many companies appreciate being notified about fraudulent attempts to gain information about their customers.
Phishing refers to an email that attempts to fraudulently acquire personal information from you, such as your password and/or credit card information and/or social security number. On the surface, the email may appear to be from a legitimate company or individual, but it's not.
As a general rule, NEVER send credit card information, account passwords, or extensive personal information in an email unless you verify that the recipient is who they claim to be. Many companies have policies that state they will never solicit such information from customers by email.