1Attachments From Unknown Sources
The same rule applies to links in emails from sources unknown. As with attachments, scammers are looking for ways to convince users to download the malware onto the systems. Clicking on the link could send the user to a compromised or malicious Website, which could then download the malware. If you don’t know the sender or don’t trust the link, don’t click on it.
3Beware of Official-Looking Emails
Often hackers will try to convince users to open the attachments, click on the link or give up personal information through emails that look as though they are coming from trusted organizations, like banks, government agencies or online retailers, like Amazon.com. Users should not click on any link or send any information unless they are absolutely sure the emails are legitimate. Users should run their cursor over a link to see where it actually leads.
4Scan for Viruses
Users should get into the habit of scanning all attachments before opening them. Doing so could avoid a lot of headaches, not only for the user but also for their contacts. Often the malware in attachments will get into the system and spread via email attachments that are sent to contacts in the address book.
Users and businesses should ensure systems have comprehensive virus protection. According to eleven, an email security software vendor from Germany, there are two considerations to take into account when getting virus protection. First, users should get an email security solution that detects both viruses and spam, and that includes new, previously unknown viruses. Secondly, the solution should be up-to-date, despite the annoyance called by virus scan updates. In addition, the company says, users should frequently scan the entire system.
6Don’t Forward Spam
7Beware the Web 2.0 Risks
Most social networks, including Facebook and Google+, offer users their own email and instant messaging services, and users essentially have no way to add in their own security measures, the folks at eleven said. If a user accepts files via these social networks, they should make sure to scan them for viruses before opening them.
Users wanting to make it a little more difficult for cyber-criminals to get into their email accounts need to use strong passwords. If hackers can’t get into a user’s account, they can’t take addresses, private information or other personal data.