How to Protect Emails From Cyberattacks

Email is one of the most common ways to connect online for individuals and businesses, however, hackers make use of it to infect devices and systems with malware. The majority of malware that is downloaded on compromised networks is a result of malicious emails or links. Once infected, an attacker could gain access in your network and access confidential information, steal data or even demand ransom. Secure email is vital to protect both your personal and business accounts from cyberattacks.

Make use of a Our site link scanner which scans all outbound links and puts them in a folder and only allow them to be downloaded from there (or better yet, never download them at all). Encryption, another important step is to ensure that anyone who intercepts an email or its attachments will not be in a position to read the contents. It accomplishes this by changing plain text into ciphertext. This feature is built into the software of all major email services such as Gmail and Microsoft Outlook/Office365.

Avoid opening any executable file included as an email attachment — these types of files may contain viruses or other malware that could damage your computer. If you’re unsure whether an attachment is safe to open, run it through a search engine and search for the file’s name and extension, in particular.

Create strong passwords for all your account logins, and make sure your employees follow the same procedure. Also, ensure that all employees are allowed to access email only on safe devices. Avoid using a password generator, or an auto-fill feature. They can be hacked by hackers. Also, make sure to make use of 2FA (two-factor authentication) whenever possible – this provides an additional layer of security by making sure that you have a second verification from you before allowing access to your email.

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