Communication has come a long way from walks down to the postal office, and then waiting for days on end to receive your mail. It takes a simple “Send” click to do the same work in seconds. Amongst the various forms of evolved communication, e-mail is a technological development in use of individuals and business around the world.
Unfortunately, like everything has a downside. Email communication invites a whole lot of malevolence, better known as cyber threats. These may be less direct than physical harm to your technological devices, but still just as dangerous.
We are talking about hindrances in your online activities, continuous errors in use and entire data wipeouts. Or worse, it could be your personal private data out on the World Wide Web to be exploited by online predators.
Fortunately, tech experts around the world are no less competent than digital criminals, and have identified ways your Email could be hiding malicious content.
Scams and Hoaxes
These are digital equivalent of spreading verbal gossip creating presumptions or panic among recipients.
These may be created just for the sake of amusement, or to create traffic on the originator’s website. But more often, users can end up being conned out of a lot of money. Hoaxes and scams take several forms:
- Fake news – this includes shocking information which seems believable enough for users to forward out to more contacts, creating a whole lot of speculation and panic.
- Charity requests– these indulge the sympathetic side of users by fabricating stories of critically sick individuals with immediate need for money.
- Winner notices –these claim to have chosen you victorious is a lottery/ scheme/ competition. Following that, it requests for an immediate fee to access that non-existent reward.
Spams are massively sent emails through anonymous sources. These contain unwanted information such as advertising content, though they also promote malicious content and phishing campaigns.
Malware is software created with hidden code which gains access to a computer system. There are various types of malicious content, including:
The code is designed to infiltrate stored data, browser caches and applications.
As a result, it can steal authorization information (user names, passwords) and install harmful applications and – all without the user being aware of it. Or it can shutdown the device system entirely.
Malware usually resides in the attachments. The mail itself may be safe to read, but the extensions, especially if these are executable files (.exe extension), are housing a myriad of invasive code snippets.
Phishing is usually spread via spam mails. These are designed to be deceptive; the individual is lured into filling out fabricated forms which required personal information. This is done by disguising the attack as a renowned person or company.
The documentation (forms, notices, statements) looks similar to the official ones. As a result, the victim can end up giving their passwords, debit or credit details. Scammers also use instant messaging to spread these threats.
Note: Phishing techniques are commonly targeted towards banks and their clients.
Whether you own a personal email account or workplace communication account, learn to identify these threats.
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