Email Attacks Are Real, Sophisticated and Costly

Are you concerned about the emails coming into your organization?  You should be!

Email security is no longer JUST about preventing excessive spam and viruses.  The attacks are real, they are sophisticated and they are costly.

Nearly every day there is a new story about malware, and a lot of it is Ransomware, which can cost you dearly.

All businesses need to ensure the sensitive information relayed over email communication and your corporate email accounts are secure.  Are you taking the necessary actions to protect against unauthorized access, data loss or account compromise?

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Train your Employees on Safe Emailing Practices

If your staff members are not educated on safe emailing practices and don't know what infected emails look like, they can easily mistake a malicious attack for an innocent request from a trusted friend or coworker.  Take the time to train your staff on safe emailing practices.  Ensure your entire team grasps the concept of email data theft and protection, and their personal responsibility in carrying out safe emailing practices.  it only takes one wrong click on a malicious link to attachment that contains dangerous malware, and your entire company may be faced with a disaster

Enforce Strong Passwords and Mandate Periodic Updates

Having a strong password is critical to ensuring your computer systems and data are protected.  If even one person in your office has a weak password, then your systems have the potential of being compromised.  By adopting strong password policies for yourself and everyone in your organization, you are one step closer to protecting your business from cyber attacks.  You may also want to consider Password Management Software tools.

Implement a Robust Email Security System

All businesses need to ensure email communication is secure, taking the necessary actions to protect against ransomware, email account compromise, phishing and more.  A robust email security solution is in order.

Think Before You Click

Hover over links included in an email and observe the validity of the URL/website before you click.  If the email looks suspicious or you were not expecting the message or file, double check with the sender.

Be smart about handling email attachments or clicking on links in an email message from unknown senders and known senders alike.  Even if the email appears to be sent from a coworker or trusted friend, an infected machine may send emails on their behalf, which is another tactic used to trick recipients into falling victim to the attacks.

Keep and Protect a Strong Password

Make your password complex and update your passwords often.  Never share your password with anyone, and do not write your passwords down.

View our blog post on creating strong passwords.

Be Cautious When Sending Sensitive Information Via Email

Make a conscious effort to send as little sensitive information as possible over email, and only to recipients who require it.  Don't make the mistake of thinking the emails you send are private - know when to use email and when not to.  Social Insurance Numbers and credit card information should never be sent via email.

Avoid Using Public WiFi Networks

Although they may appear convenient and harmless, accessing a public WiFi network makes your device vulnerable to be spied on by malicious users.  Do not access email when using public WiFi.

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