Improving your email security.

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Written by Kaitlyn Hogg

Using email communications has been a major factor in work communications since 1971 – making it the first form of communication provided alongside the internet. The very omnipresence that is email, has been attracting various criminal activities these could include; disguising themselves as a trust able brand name, then including malware attachments to the emails in which they are sending. 

It is clear that many companies hold their most sensitive and vital information and correspondence through their email services. This therefore creates a high demand for the strongest security to avoid corrupted systems and harvested information. It can take as little as 1 minute and 29 seconds for a company to become subject to phishing attacks alone – with over 20 percent of employees falling for these vicious emails. It will not only be customers that suffer, but your reputation may also take damage if important information is leaked.

Security definition

Security is freedom from, or resilience against, potential harm caused by others. Beneficiaries of security may be of persons and social groups, objects and institutions, ecosystems or any other entity or phenomenon vulnerable to unwanted change.

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How to avoid becoming subject to attacks

There are many ways in which you can avoid becoming a victim to hackers and other vicious malware, these include; understanding that it is most likely emails that will contain harmful malware, asking your email provider to block detected malware attachments by default, have an email security policy, as well as considering security software for your company technology. However, there are also ways in which you can protect yourself from these attacks in an even simpler way – including using two factor authentication. Using two factor authentication creates a small number code that is sent to either your mobile or an app, meaning you cannot access your email account (or any other accounts) without inserting that small code.

Why it is important to follow security steps

During the 21st century, it is clear that more people are beginning to spend over eight hours a day on their devices – giving a larger opportunity for hackers to access workers files and other important emails. However, with the increase of people and businesses working at home being 3.2%, it is clear that sensitive information will be shared across emails. Due to data protection laws, it is incredibly important that no personal information is shared, no matter how. Therefore, by following important security steps, being sued can simply be avoided.

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