Beware of Cyber Scammers

All types of businesses and institutions use email as a tool for internal and external communication. With the Covid-19 pandemic, changing all norms of business lifeandswitching to remote work, there has been a rapid increase in e-mail traffic. In addition, when you want to shop online, sign up for a mobile application or watch a video on the internet, a membership must be opened and an e-mail address must be entered for this membership. The increase and widespread use of e-mail also poses various risks. According to a study, approximately 91% of cyber attacks are attacks on emails.


Why is Email Security Important?


Attacks on emails are one of the attack vectors that are very often used by cybercriminals. The fact that users' e-mail addresses are available everywhere in the workplace and registered in mobile applications makes it very easy for cyber attackers to reach their goals. No matter what industry users work in, attachments sent via email can become the target of cybercriminals due to ransomware attacks and many more threats and suspicious activities. In the event of a cyber attack, email users may lose personal information, credit card information, bank account numbers, identity information, and many other important data. E-mail security ensures that this and similar situations are prevented and that messages are sent and received securely.


7 Email Threats That Threaten Users


1. URL Phishing: URL phishing is one of the most common security threats targeting email accounts. Cybercriminals use this management to extract sensitive information from users, such as logins, credentials, and passwords. With this method, cyber attackers try to redirect users to the site by sending them an email that encourages them to click on a zipped link that takes them to a fake website. These attacks can have devastating consequences for both organizations and individual users.


2. Spam Emails: Spam or junk emails are often sent in bulk to many recipients. While businesses can use such low-cost emails for commercial purposes, this method can also be used by scammers to gain access to users' mobile devices or computers. These attacks can threaten private or public enterprises, all sectors, from education to healthcare.


3. Malware: Malware can be characterized as viruses that can infect computer systems and cause potentially serious damage. Malware attacks often target businesses to steal data or disrupt operations. These are often sent as malicious attachments or links via phishing emails and are often programmed to download more viruses to the computers they infect. Some of this malware allows an attacker to remotely access or control a user's computer. This can put all of users' files and personal information at risk.


4. Ransomware: Ransomware is a type of malware that cybercriminals use to take control of your data. This malware encrypts all your data when it infects your computer and prevents you from accessing this data unless you pay the ransom set by the hacker. In these attacks, which take place in every region of the world, users may have to pay a very high ransom.


5. Social Engineering: Social engineering attacks use psychological manipulation to get victims to disclose confidential information or perform activities that compromise the security of their accounts or computers. Hackers use these techniques to launch sophisticated attacks based on extensive research into the victim's past that can fool even a knowledgeable person. These emails often create a sense of urgency or panic, encouraging the victim to respond within a certain amount of time. Many common cyber attack methods use social engineering to trick unsuspecting users.


6. Brand  Impersonation: Brand impersonation is a type of email scam in which the scammer impersonates brands or websites that are  interacted with in order to disclose users' personal information.  For example, users might receive an email from a scammer posing as Google or Microsoft saying they've locked their account for protection  . This email may be accompanied by a hidden link that users must click to recover their account. An unwitting user clicks on the link and enters their credentials on the fake web page, allowing scammers to access their data. These are usually done in the form of mass campaigns, so even if a small percentage of users fall victim to the scam, the cybercriminal gains access to a fairly large pool of credentials that they can use in future scams.


7. Lateral Phishing: In lateral phishing, scammers use already compromised user accounts to forward malicious emails to their contacts. Other users often don't see emails from close people suspiciously, which makes this internet scam very dangerous. As a result, this can be a serious cybersecurity threat to businesses.


Secure Email with Acronis


Email security is an extremely important issue for users. All data of users who want to ensure the security of their email is safe with Acronis. Acronis, which blocks all threats originating from e-mail and can prevent these threats before they reach users, provides cyber protection to all its users. Combining speed, scale and agility powered by Perception Point, Acronis delivers a next-generation cloud-based email security solution. Acronis, which analyzes all data separately with dynamic and static detection engines and detects all hidden and malicious content, provides a unique security service by scanning all data deeply. Thanks to powerful threat detection, signature-based detection, unique recognition algorithms that minimize existing risks for users, Acronis minimizes users' email risks.

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