A new report from the anti-phishing platform Valimail has found that around the globe there are 3.2 billion fake emails sent out every day. That’s over 37,000 fake emails sent every second.
Phishing is the most common type of malicious email, and describes an email which is disguised to look like it is from a trusted source. Thinking they know who it is from, the recipient is encouraged to follow a link and enter details such as passwords or personal information which allows for the hackers to gain access to your accounts or other data.
A number of independent studies agree that phishing emails are implicated in over 90% of all cybersecurity attacks and network data breaches, and with the cost of cybercrime projected to be $6 trillion per year by 2021, this has a big impact on businesses.
This equates to 1.2% of all emails sent being malicious in the first quarter of 2019. But with so many dangerous emails being sent, how do you keep yourself and your colleagues protected?
The most important and simple thing is learning how to spot suspicious emails. Follow our simple checklist below to ensure you know if an email is genuine, and pass it on to those who you work with to help them protect themselves too.
If an email contains any of the following, it is likely to be a phishing attempt:
• Poor spelling and grammar
• Requests for personal information, passwords or bank details
• Demands to make a payment for something you have not requested
• Suspicious link URLs
You can also implement an anti-spam programme into your mailboxes to reduce the risk of dangerous emails entering your inbox in the first place. Software such as Avast Business Antivirus are specifically programmed to protect businesses from attack, allowing for the level of protection to be customised to meet the needs of your company.
SeaBro IT are experts at hosting, managing and protecting mailboxes for businesses across the UK. Get in touch to find out how we can help you defend your company from attack.