How to Protect Emails From Cyberattacks

Email is among the most commonly used methods to communicate online, both for individuals and businesses, however, hackers are using it to infect devices and systems with malware. The majority of malware that is installed on compromised networks is delivered via malicious links or attachments that are included in emails. Once infected, a hacker can gain access to your network, steal data, or demand ransom. Security for your email is vital to safeguard your personal and business accounts from cyberattacks.

Make use of a link scanner which scans outbound links to one folder and allows them to be downloaded from there (or better yet, never download them). Encryption, another important step is to ensure that anyone who intercepts an email or its attachments won’t be capable of reading the contents. It does this by turning plain text into ciphertext. This feature is built into the software of most major email providers, including Gmail and Microsoft Outlook/Office 365.

Avoid opening any executable files included in an email attachment These types of files could contain malware or viruses that could harm your computer. If you’re unsure whether an attachment is safe to open, run it through an online search engine and look for the file’s name and extension.

Make sure that your employees use strong passwords to log in to their accounts. Also, ensure that all employees access email only on secured devices. Avoid using a password generator or an auto-fill function. They could be hacked by hackers. Use 2FA (two factor authentication) whenever you are able to. This adds an additional layer of security, as it requires confirmation from you.

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