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AWARENESS ONCE AGAIN…– IN THE WORLD OF EMAIL

20 Mar

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There is no way for us to imagine a world without Awareness and Cybercrime nowadays. Hackers are incessantly coming up with new ways to harm users and corporations and get rich at their expense.

The latest example was a global Trojan called “WannaCry” that led to countless computers getting infected, caused serious damages to many hospitals’ digital infrastructure, rendered the railway inoperative and substantially affected the facilities of an automobile production plant in neighboring France. This case demonstrates how vulnerable our digital and tightly interlinked world has become.

The topic of  Email-attachments continues to be a matter of concern for businesses as well, because hackers are getting increasingly shrewder. That is why there are so many rules on the web about how to deal with email attachments. We have summarized the most important ones for you:

  • Check to see if your email is real by hovering the mouse over the ‘From’ field. Every mail, even those sent by your friends and colleagues might be fake.
  • If you are still not sure about the mail, call the person who has sent it or request a confirmation by mail.
  • Don’t ever click a URL in an email unless you are absolutely certain the mail is from a reliable source.
  • You must not allow or enable macros if you are not absolutely sure the source of the mail is trustworthy.
  • Do not open unverified email attachments.
  • Make sure you have secure backups of your work, so your data can be restored in case your computer gets infected with a virus.
  • If possible, see to it that your antivirus program is updated more frequently, so that it can intercept the hackers’ latest schemes.

In principle: Start out by not trusting any email attachments that you have not asked for. Do not get tempted into opening such attachments even if the email text and video clips make amazing promises.
This is even more difficult for the human resources, because nowadays they receive fake emails containing attached “applications”. The HR must also check the authenticity of the attachments before safely opening them.

As you can see, there are a few simple tricks that can keep you safe from viruses and Trojans in email attachments. Unfortunately, there is no 100% protection from attacks. Therefore, if you happen to open an infected attachment, let the specialists at your IT department know immediately, so they can help you restore your system.

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