Even though the technology is constantly evolving and changing how we use computers and smart devices, one thing is certain: cybercriminals and hackers are still targeting people by sending large volumes of “spammy” and “phishing” emails every day. Some of the malicious things that can be found in these emails are trojans, ransomware, viruses, and malware.
The problem with these emails is they come through like they are from a known and trusted sender. The email typically has one or more embedded links instructing you to click on them. Some emails feature memes or advertisements that entice you to click on the image.
Once you do, whatever deliverable was in the email takes effect. Sometimes it is a program that installs to record your keystrokes to attempt to gain usernames and passwords to online websites including your bank. Other times, it could take your computer hostage and instruct you to pay a certain amount to unlock your computer.
How can you protect yourself? By using these data security best practices to keep your device and data safe.
Tip #1: Get out of the habit of just clicking through everything.
We are all guilty of clicking through installation agreements and other pop-ups just to get to what we want. Slow down and pay attention to what you are clicking on. For emails, take the time to read the message before clicking on any links or images.
Tip #2: Delete any emails that you don’t trust.
Even if the email came from a trusted sender, you may still not fully trust it to be valid. It is better to go right to the source by either accessing your online account or calling the sender.
Tip #3: Use apps to block emails.
There are various apps you can use that automatically block a lot of spam and phishing emails. Should one get through, it is normally easy to add the sender to your blocked list using the app.
Tip #4: Back up your data regularly.
Even while taking precautions to protect your personal information and data, it is still highly recommended to back up your device at least once a week. In the event your device is hijacked, you at least have a backup to fall back on after wiping and cleaning the device.
Tip #5: Avoid connecting to unsecured Wi-Fi networks.
Make sure your at-home network is secure. Many people are shocked that the router they got from their internet provider either isn’t password protected or the password is “password.” Take the time to change it to secure your home network.
In public, be wary of connecting to public Wi-Fi connections. Most of these are unsecured and sometimes they are not actual networks, but other devices that will record your keystrokes after you connect and get online.
By using these tips, you can reduce the risks of becoming a victim from a malicious email.
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