“Why Hackers Love Email” from TechNative

The episode dug deep into current attack methods being used by hackers, and suggested several tips to keep your email safe.

How can you protect your emails?

Our Managing Director Hugo Perez was joined by Josh Pearl of Mimecast for the latest TechNative episode. The pair covered important ways to keep your email from being hacked. Since emails are such an important part of our personal and professional lives, they are especially valuable to hackers. Hackers have made their email attacks more sophisticated, making it easier for consumers to unwittingly fall victim to their scams.

The episode dug deep into current attack methods being used by hackers, and suggested several tips to keep your email safe.

Tip #1:  Learn about Phishing

Of all the email attacks, phishing is one of the most ubiquitous types. Be critical about the emails that you receive; double check the sender email, and don’t open links you’re not familiar with. Hackers have been known to create email addresses that resemble the structure a company uses and can fool employees into providing information.

Tip #2:  Remember, email isn’t foolproof

A good rule of thumb is to consider that all emails could possibly become public information. Before sending out an email, consider removing any sensitive information, including bank information, social security numbers, or other personal details.

Tip #3:  Scan for suspicious activity

While it may be hard to keep an eye out for keyloggers, there are still ways to keep your data secure. To stay ahead of an attack, considering periodically running scans for software keylogging programs, or look for login attempts from distant areas or new devices.

Check out the episode, “Why Hackers Love Email” for more tips and information on email security.

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