If you ask around, you will see that email has become the preferred method for conducting business. If you aren’t careful, you could find yourself compromised in a way that puts your business at risk. It is important to take a few steps to prevent this from happening. Brief Explanation of Business Email Compromise - Business Email Compromise is a criminal crime that involves hackers compromising an organization\'s network and stealing data from its employee's email accounts. The victim does not know of the breach until it is discovered by the organization. Business Email Compromise is an emerging threat. It is a type of email cyber-crime that is rapidly growing and becoming a major problem for organizations. As it increases in popularity, so does the risk of organizations be attacked.
The good news is that there are steps that can be taken to prevent this. The bad news is that it is a crime and should not be taken lightly. If these steps are not done, you could find yourself compromised and your data could be sold on underground black markets. These black markets are where the stolen data is then sold to the highest bidder. If this happens, you could find yourself in a position that could jeopardize your company and its reputation. Therefore it is important to take the following steps to prevent this from happening to your company.
The steps below will show how to protect your business email: -
1) Change your passwords regularly.
Make them different for each account. Consider using a password generator. Some providers will have a generator when you sign up. Remember, hackers do not need to hack your password to access your accounts! You could be a victim of business email compromise (BEC) for months, even years, before you notice the breach. Hacking your password usually requires only a username and email address. Hackers may be able to use this information to compromise the account and the data contained on it. Changing your password regularly is the best way to protect your accounts from being hacked.
Use strong passwords that are difficult to guess. If you are unable to remember the passwords, use a password generator to create them for you. Include all your accounts in the password generator, not just the ones you are concerned about. After you create the passwords, save them in a secure file that is not linked to your device.
Do not store them on your phone or use an app that is only on your phone because these files are easily accessible to anyone that has physical access to your phone, such as a thief, who could then use the information to gain access to your other accounts.
This is especially important if you use your phone to open your email. If you use your phone to open your email, you should immediately change your password when you login to your email account. Your passwords should never be the same for your phone and your other accounts.
2) Have multiple email addresses for each account.
If you use any of your email addresses on social media sites, add them to your email account. Don't use the same email address for your business and social media accounts. For example, don't use your business email address for social media sites, or your personal email address for your business email address.
The same principle applies to your phone. If you answer your phone at your business email address, never answer your phone with your personal phone number. If someone tries to compromise your email account, it is much easier to access the email account using your personal phone number. For the same reason, if you are away from your email account for an extended period, you should change your password when you log back in.
If you use the same password for your business email address and personal email address, a hacker could then gain access to your two email accounts. You could also lose your business email if it is compromised because they could use it to send fraudulent emails that would look like they came from your domain. This could damage your business reputation.
3) Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
A VPN allows you to securely access your business email from anywhere, either from your home, your office, or your mobile device. A VPN will also protect your business email if your email account is compromised. You should add the VPN to your list of business travel apps. The VPN will require a subscription, but it is worth the price to ensure your email account is secure.
The price of these services varies. To find a VPN that will provide the level of security you need, search for a VPN service that provides an encryption level of 256 or higher. This will ensure that your email is as secure as possible. VPN providers such as NordVPN or CybersafeVPN offer encryption at this level, and they also offer a money back guarantee if your email is compromised.
If your email account is compromised, you will be able to reset your password by contacting their customer support team and getting in touch with the support team for your email provider. You can also do this by calling the contact number on the back of your email account.
It is important to note that you can protect yourself from email compromise and other forms of cyber-crime, and that it is possible to do so, but it takes a little work. This article has suggested several steps to prevent email compromise. If you are at risk of it, or think that your organization might be, you should take these steps. Start with these steps and you will be able to avoid email compromise in the future. It is important to understand the threat so that you can take the necessary actions to avoid it.
‘It is better to prepare and prevent than it is to repair and repent’ ~ Ezra Taft Benson