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Avoid the security threats when you email

Many of us rely heavily on email as a means of communicating with our customers, partners and colleagues at work. But is email really secure? What potential security risks of emailing should we be aware of? This blog explores some of the most common security threats associated with email and how to avoid them, so that you achieve a safe email.

Did you know that over 90% of cyber attacks begin with phishing emails? (www.Symantec.com)

Risks in relation to mail

Email is such a widespread form of communication that we may not always think about its security risks. Nevertheless, email can be one of the biggest threats to data security. Are you aware that the majority of cyber attacks and data security breaches start with an email? Many cyberattacks begin with some form of phishing email, where hackers attempt to gain access to accounts or devices using deception or malware.

A single employee’s mistake in clicking on a malicious link in an email can lead to the entire company’s computer system being infected with malicious software or putting everyone’s emails and personal data at risk.

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Security threats with email

There are several security threats associated with emailing, including:

  1. Phishing: This is when a person or organisation pretends to be a trusted source, such as a bank or a colleague, with the aim of tricking the recipient into divulging personal information such as passwords or financial information.
  2. Malware attachments: Attachments in emails can contain malware, such as viruses, ransomware or spyware, that can infect the recipient’s device and cause damage.
  3. Illegal access: Inadequate protection of email accounts can lead to unauthorised access, where hackers can gain access to sensitive information, steal identities or take unauthorised actions on behalf of the user.
  4. Data interception: Sending sensitive information via e-mail increases the risk that this information can be intercepted by unauthorised parties, especially if the e-mails are not encrypted.
  5. Email spoofing: This is when an attacker manipulates the email address of the sender to make it look like the email is coming from a trusted source, which can be used to spread phishing emails or other forms of fraud.

These threats underscore the importance of implementing appropriate security measures, including the use of encryption, strong passwords, two-factor authentication, and ongoing updating and training of users on secure email practices.

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Sebastian Allerelli

Founder & COO at Safe Online
Governance, Risk & Compliance Specialist
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