How to Protect Emails From Cyberattacks

Email is among the most common ways to communicate online, both for individuals and businesses, but hackers make use of it to infect devices and systems with malware. The majority of malware found on compromised networks comes from malicious links or email attachments. Once infected, an attacker could gain access to your network, steal data or demand a ransom. This is the reason why email security best practices are vital to protect your personal and business accounts from cyberattacks.

Make use of a link scanner which scans outbound links, and only allows them to be downloaded by the scanner (or better than that, never download them). Encryption is another crucial step — it ensures that anyone who intercepts your email or its attachments can’t read the content by converting the plain text into encrypted text. Major email service providers include this feature right into their platforms, including Gmail, Microsoft Outlook/Office 365, and Android.

Avoid opening any executable file that is included in your email. These files can contain malware or viruses that can harm your computer. If you’re unsure whether an attachment is safe to open, go through a search engine and search for the file’s name and extension specifically.

Create strong passwords for all your account logins and ask your employees to follow the same procedure. Also ensure that all employees have access to email only on secured devices. Avoid using a password generator, or an auto-fill feature. They could be hacked by hackers. Utilize 2FA (two factor authentication) whenever you are able to. This adds another layer to security by requiring a confirmation from you.