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Is Your Business Prepared for the Latest Email Scam?

email-scams

Email is one of the most widely used means of communication for businesses, both small and large. Countless emails containing vital information are sent and received each day, making it an important part of any organization. Honestly, could you imagine running your business without it?

Unfortunately for you, cybercriminals know this all too well. That is precisely why email is a favourite target for hackers who want to infect your computer network. They are constantly concocting new ways to hack and manipulate your emails in an attempt to get their hands on your data, your identity, and your money.

Hackers aren’t dumb. They understand that a business’s email is the easiest way to infiltrate your company. Why, you asked? Thieves like to play the odds. Sooner or later, they know that someone in your office is eventually going to take the bait on whatever email scam they have devised.

Email fraud will never happen to me

Realistically, emails aren’t the actual problem. An unopened email sitting in your inbox isn’t going to harm your network. The real trouble starts when an employee decides to open an attachment or divulges sensitive information. So basically, it really all boils down to the “open at your own risk” factor. Of course, many owners of small- or medium-sized businesses think this could never happen to them. Why would a cybercriminal waste their time on the little guys when there are so many bigger fish in the sea?

Like sharks smelling blood in the water, hackers don’t care if you have ten or ten thousand employees. If their scam has hooked you, that’s all that matters. Plus, it makes sense that cybercriminals would want to zero in on the smaller companies. Many smaller businesses simply don’t have the same level of email and spam protection when compared to larger corporations.

Email scams can come from anywhere   

It is also important to remember that email scams don’t need to originate in Canada to affect your Canadian business. Email can be sent from anywhere in the world, making it virtually impossible to track the source. And if you’ve clicked on a link containing ransomware, your files could be encrypted, rendering them completely inaccessible until you pay a ransom to get them decrypted.

How to prevent email fraud

And that’s just one kind of email fraud. There are numerous other scams out there, and the number continues to grow at an alarming rate. With today’s sophisticated cybercrimes, it can be extremely challenging to protect your company from email scams. There are, however, some steps you can take to help reduce the risk of becoming another statistic.

For starters, ensure you have all the latest spam protection in place. This way, you will help cut down on the amount of malicious email from winding up in your business’s inbox. An effective program should scan all attachments, flush out malware, as well as identify harmful emails.

Next, you will need to invest some time to educate your employees on how to recognize suspicious looking email or hire someone to go over the procedures with them. When it comes to protecting your business from email scams, proper training is key. Being able to distinguish authentic email addresses from phony ones, understanding what information is appropriate to send through email, and recognizing possible fraud are just some of the steps employees need to learn to prevent your business from falling prey to cybercrime.

Here at Safe Harbour, we take email scams very seriously. That is why we deliver excellent email security services, protecting you from online threats, 24/7. We help safeguard your business from phishing scams, viruses, hacking attacks, and other online dangers—saving your business money and wasteful company downtime.

For information about our email security services, contact us today!