Here at Shinjiru, one of the main reasons we suspend customer email account is due to spamming. This has to be done immediately when we encounter such issues as spammed emails will start clogging the server delaying valid emails from going out. Most of the time, customers are unaware that they are spamming nor realise that their email has been hacked. This issue can happen to you. Hence, we are sending you this important email to help you understand and prevent it from happening to you.
Top 5 Tips to Prevent Email Hacking
1. Check (and update) your computer’s security.
Most hackers collect passwords using malware that has been installed on your device. No matter which operating system you use, be sure that your anti-virus and anti-malware programs are up to date. Choose the setting that will automatically update your computer when new security fixes are available. If you’re already using an antivirus program, run an end-to-end scan of your computer.
2. Strengthen your weak email password.
If your password is abc123 or something simple, then your email is just waiting to be hacked. Make your password at least 10 characters long, and use capital letters, lower case letters, numbers and symbols. Remember to do this after your anti-virus and anti-malware programs are updated or the hackers may collect your new password as well.
3. Do not click on any unknown links.
Malware or hacking comes at us from all angles; in the mailbox in front of your home (junk mail) in your email inbox, via IM, social networking sites, chats, forums, websites, and sadly, now also on your phone. So whatever people send to you, if you do not know what it is, do not be curious and click on it!
4. Freeware? Think again.
Educate your staff. Do not use the office PC to download anything that is not validated. Do not install any games or freeware because many of the freeware out there are infected by malware. Once you installed, your device is hacked!
5. Do not open unknown emails.
Do not open any unknown emails or click on attachments from unknown sender. Most of these attachments has malware or virus. When you click it, it will auto infect your device and hack your email account.
We hope that you will follow our Top 5 Tips to ensure your email and your business are protected. Educate all your staff about these 5 tips and make them aware of these issues. Adopt safe cybersecurity habits for your email safety and remember, prevention is better than cure.