What are the Top Email Security Threats?
As a business professional, it goes without saying that you use email on a regular basis. In fact, this may be your preferred method of communication.
Even if you think you have a solid grasp of your business email account and how you use it, get this: you could be making a mistake in regards to security. How does that make you feel?
Fortunately, as you learn more about the top email security threats you’ll find it easier to avoid trouble. There is no guarantee that this knowledge will allow you to avoid all trouble in the future, but it will definitely put you in a better place.
So, with all that being said, it’s time to review some of the top email security threats:
- Weak password. While most people understand the importance of a strong password, some continue to look past this. Instead, they use a weak password such as their first name or birthdate. Unfortunately, this leaves the door wide open for somebody to gain access to your email account. As a result, and depending on the types of messages you have stored, they may then gain access to important information.
- Using the same password for multiple accounts. Are you the type of person who needs access to multiple online accounts? If so, you may be tempted to use the same password for each one. This way, you only have to remember one password. While this sounds like it will make your life easier, it’s actually a big security risk. Here’s why: if somebody uncovers your password, they can then access each and every one of your accounts.
- Many people consider this a thing of the past, but nothing could be further from the truth. If you don’t know the first thing about phishing, now is the time to collect some additional information as to avoid this trouble down the road. In short, this is nothing more than a fraudulent email message that appears to come from a legitimate source. From there, you will be directed to a “fake” website or some other source that is meant to collect sensitive information. Soon enough, you could find your personal and/or financial information being stolen.
These are three top email security threats that you need to watch for.
Tip: although you may have a solid understanding of these threats, it’s easy to get lazy over time. In other words, if nothing bad ever happens to you, it’s possible that you could slack off in regards to email security. Don’t fall into this trap, as you always need to be “on top of your security game.”
If you want to learn more about email security, you won’t have to search far to find a variety of information. With the right advice guiding you, it’s much easier to get serious about email security as to prevent trouble in the future.
Do you have questions about email security and the strategies you can employ? If so, don’t hesitate to reach out to an IT provider. With professional help on your side, you can implement a few high level solutions that will give you peace of mind.
What are your thoughts on email security? What is your company doing to avoid trouble? Share your approach in the comment section below.