Email spam is at its highest level in two years
Symantec recently published a report indicating a two year peak in Spam mail for July 2017. The report also estimated that one in every 131 emails is infected with malware. As cyber crime continues to rise, users need to start taking a precautionary approach to their online activity.
Unless you do not use email, it is more than likely you have encountered spam mail. Most spam is sent for advertisement purposes, usually sent in bulk and from an unknown sender.
In basic terms, spam can be considered as unauthorized/unsolicited email.
The big problem with spam mail is that many are sent with malicious intent, laden with infected files and links to phishing sites. An accidental click on one of these links can be costly, especially so, if your business is affected. (See more on phishing and online fraud)
If you are being inundated with spam emails you have a few options
- Change email service provider as some providers have more sophisticated filtering tools than others, examples include g-mail and outlook
- Avoid giving your email out unnecessarily and beware of accepting marketing subscriptions
- Recognition and Avoidance of potentially harmful attachments and sites the email links to
- Instead of just deleting spam mail, block and report any suspicious mail that arrives to your inbox
While these steps are easy to practice on an individual level, it becomes trickier in a business setting as it can be difficult to control user error for several employees
The following are more efficient and secure methods to eliminate spam from the workplace
- Spam filtering application such as Spamwall
- Antivirus software with a built-in spam filter such as avast Endpoint Plus or Endpoint Suite Plus (this can also help with identifying an blocking malicious links)
- Firewall with spam filter check out our range of Zyxel security appliances