3 Forms of Email Cyber Attacks and How to Avoid Them

Can you spot different kinds of cyber attacks in your email?

If you can’t, how are you supposed to protect yourself from them? 

Here are three threatening, and very common, forms of email cyber attacks that everyone should be aware of:

Three Forms of Cyber Attacks:

1 – Spoofing

A spoofed email is when a cyber-criminal pretends it’s you, and uses your email address, to disguise your clients. They then take advantage of the trust and relationship you have with your contacts to have them tricked into a cyber attack . 

This loss of control is a threat to your business’s operations and your reputation. 

2 – Malware

Accidentally open an email carrying malware and your whole computer becomes infected. This results in technical, financial or operational problems, commonly seen as slower systems, system crashes, data loss, or identity theft. 

Malware has grown in complexity and aggressiveness.  Their attacks can result in another spoofing attack or ransomeware. Ransomeware is when you get blocked access from your server until ransom is paid.

3 – Phishing

Phishing is when an individual intentionally pretends to be a trusted entity, such as a bank, friend, or vendor. They do this with the intention of having you surrender confidential information such as bank accounts, social security numbers, passwords or credit card information. 

Similarly, If someone falls for this trap, your information is immediately compromised and can lead to major consequences.

What Can be Done About This?

Cyber-attacks are dangerous to your personal privacy and the security of your computer. Therefore, everyone needs to learn how to prevent our email from receiving any. 

To reduce the chances of this from happening, here are 5 suggestions:

Although these suggestions can help, the most trusted solution is a working and efficient anti-spam program that serves as your first line of defense. 

Contact us at 858.859.9490 to get started. 

5 Suggestions to Prevent Email Cyber Attacks

1 – Use a disposable email address. 

Shopping online or subscribing to websites is a common platform to receive spam. You can use a secondary, disposable email address when making purchases or subscribing to newsletters.

     (A variation of this will be explained in Rule #4.)

2 – Pay attention to automatically checked boxes. 

Whenever you subscribe to a website or make a purchase online, be very careful with any pre-checked boxes that say, “Yes! I want to receive offers from third party companies”.  If you don’t un-check the box, your email address will be sold to every online advertiser.  To avoid this from happening, simply take a closer look at every online form you fill out.   

3 – Don’t post your main email address on your website, web forums or newsgroups. 

Hackers can gather email addresses from websites without your permission. Therefore, if you’re posting online, use your disposable email address instead of your real one and redirect all real email to your main address.  

4 – Create throwaway email accounts.

Our Empowered Anti-Spam Program offers the “address on the fly” feature. This feature allows you to create disposable and customizable email addresses and receive all mail in the same account. This way, if you receive spam to a customized address, you can just dispose of it.

Easy. Fast. Safe. 

In summary, this feature gives you more control over how much spam you’re receiving – a great way to fight spam without missing any important emails.

5 – Don’t open or reply to spam emails. 

Opening, replying or even clicking on spam emails signals that your email address is active, and more spam will follow. Therefore if it looks suspicious, just don’t click on it.

If you’d like to learn more about recognizing cyber attacks and how to respond to them, check out our cyber-security training programs. 

Hopefully these tips help protect you from an overwhelming amount of spam. But don’t forget, a specialized service will always ensure you won’t receive any. 

Check our Empowered Anti-Spam Program to learn more. 

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