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