Most businesses consider emails as the most effective tool for marketing their products and services. Online banks, e-commerce stores, user verifications, and paid adverts require valid email addresses for a smooth functioning business. Executives in the digital industry know that a few minutes of delay in sending an email can create panic in their customers’ minds.
Email is an indispensable means of communication in the business sector, as it enables people to share information in no time. People share all kinds of details in an email, including office documents, personal information, and sometimes, even financial information. Even though email is a boon to many as a communication tool, it comes with its own set of risks. Imagine what will happen if your banking credentials or critical office documents get into the hands of adversaries and malicious actors.
Passwords protect our cellphones and applications but what happens underneath this so-called anti-phishing protection is beyond the comprehension of internet users. The following headlines will astound you if you believe cyber adversaries will target anyone but you
Cybercriminals have historically been more active during the holiday season. There are several reasons for this. Holidays are when both organizations and users receive a large number of emails regarding seasons greetings, promotions, discounts, and charity. People also tend to let down their guards during holidays and increase their shopping activities.
Talk about an oldie but a goodie. What would you say if I told you criminals have resorted to one of the oldest scams there is? Stealing checks out of mailboxes. Do people still send checks through mail? Apparently, they do.
From Scamicide, “criminals around the country are stealing mail with checks in them from U.S. Postal Service mailboxes, ‘washing’ the checks to remove the name of the person or company to whom the check was made out and then writing in their own name.” The solution to this of course is simple. Stop sending checks in the mail.
The FTC is coming down hard this week on those who didn’t protect victims but should have. The first case is the claim against Kohl’s for failure to provide information to identify theft victims fast enough so they could limit the damage.
From Scamicide, “Kohl’s Department Stores failed to provide information to victims of identity theft at Kohl’s when requested by many people. In response, the Federal Trade Commission brought legal action against Kohl’s. Kohl’s agreed to pay a $220,000 penalty to the FTC.” Way to go FTC. Continue reading “Cyber Security News Update – Week 27 of 2020” »
It’s difficult to try and quantify how COVID-19 has impacted business. New ways of doing business, like work from home (WFH), have emerged to affect every aspect of daily business life. COVID-19 and WFH combined have had a ripple effect on other aspects of business like bring-you-own-device (BYOD) and the adoption of cloud services as a standard part of business. And through all these recent changes, one thing is clear: people still use email predominantly to communicate with each other.
Sometimes, phishing scams are so obvious you anticipate seeing them before you actually see them. And many of these are the direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first phishing scam to be on the lookout for is anything associated with a “contact-tracing” app. Contact tracing is a “method used by scientists to slow the spread of infectious outbreaks. During the pandemic, anyone sufferers might have been in prolonged contact with will be traced. Those contacts may then be asked to self-isolate.” The first country to produce an app to do this was the UK.
It’s everywhere you turn. Advertisements for security awareness training. The last line of defense. The human firewall.
There’s nothing wrong with training your employees to recognize security exploits. We recommend it. But it should be one part of a holistic defense-in-depth approach to security. Why is that? Because the math of having employee awareness training be your only line of defense is frightening. How frightening?
Email threats come in a variety of forms. With over 90% of security threats beginning with some form of email attack, it is imperative that organizations educate their users on these forms of attack, get better email hosting and take steps to harden their networks against them. Three of the most commonly seen broad categories of email threat are Phishing, Ransomware, and Domain Name Spoofing.
Organizations of all sizes are facing a growing volume of data that must be securely archived, yet accessible and comply with regulatory constraints.
Enterprise cloud email solutions can decrease the overhead of on-site solutions, both in terms of management and hardware costs. The centralized storage and management of cloud-based solutions can also help organizations more easily achieve compliance goals, as well.
Microsoft Office 365 Outlook is a cloud-based solution compare to traditional hosted mail, and while it provides many benefits over traditional on-site solutions, it fails to provide sufficient tools to meet the stringent legal compliance requirements that many organizations now face.
Office 365 does provide for the basic functionality quite well: journaling, litigation and in-place hold and the ability to manage retention duration policies compare to your own email hosting. But more and more organizations find themselves needing more than that. An enterprise email hosting must provide all of the above, and more: it must handle e-discovery and compliance requests.
Cybercriminals are forging domain names to trick unsuspecting users
Not sure what a IDN forgery is? Click here and take a look at your browser’s address bar… go ahead, I’ll wait.
What is data privacy and how it impacts your organization’s email
Billions of emails are sent every day, many of which contain sensitive data. This sensitive data is often like low-hanging fruit for cybercriminals and disgruntled employees. The ease in which personally identifiable information PII is exploited demonstrates why ensuring data privacy is the concern of every business.
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Cybercriminals know your inbox is far from secure.
Cybercrime is bigger business than you might realize. In today’s cybersecurity environment, keeping corporate data safe requires more than just teaching employees to look out for suspicious emails. You need to be proactive in creating and maintaining a tight perimeter defense around your key processes and treat every IT position in your company as a cybersecurity position.
Continue reading “Don’t Trust That Email – Phishing Scams Are Big Business” »
We are officially releasing the new branding for our hosted email service which was part of the Nettica acquisition three years ago. All customers have been safely transitioned to the new platform where we offer a huge array of new features for business branded email hosting. The old platform served us very well and grew our hosted email service to tens of thousands of customers but it did not offer some of the more scalable features that we needed to keep your email spam free and secure.
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Advanced Threat Defense to Protect Your Business from Phishing Scams
Phishing scams are more common than you might think. In fact, a typical user at business receives an average of six malicious emails per day ranging from innocuous to dangerous. Most time these threats are caught by the spam filter, but spam filtering alone is not always effective because between 2013 and 2016, American businesses faced a staggering $500 billion in losses due to phishing scams. This led to an extensive FBI investigation of over 22,000 reported phishing scams, and these are just the ones that people took time to report.
A comparison of business features and pricing. How Do I Choose the Right Productivity Suite for My Business?
We have a bottom line up front approach to our writing. We don’t want to save the best until last, we put it right up front and then provide you the reasoning behind our choice. However to make a good decision, it’s important to ask multiple questions about your business and how you plan to use the productivity suite. Continue reading “Which is Better for Your Business – G Suite or Office 365?” »
Today we are rolling out a much anticipated new feature to help manage and monitor your email flow more effectively, Proactive Queue Notifications.
The Proactive Queue Notifications system sends an email to the domain administrator when we detect messages that have not been delivered to your servers within a predefined threshold. These notifications will provide you with information on how to remedy the alert and will be sent to both the primary and secondary email addresses that are configured in your client portal https://portal.duocircle.com/clientarea.php?action=details
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