Email scammers A.K.A phishers keep us up at night here at Mail2World. Phishers are online scammers that impersonate organizations that you may hold an account with, such as a bank, online retailer or an email host like us. They impersonate these organizations so that you will provide them with the information they need to access your account, unknowingly of course. Once they have the information they need, they have free reign to create havoc with your information.
Mail2World is tirelessly working to protect its users from phishers. A lot of engineering hours are invested into ensuring our spam filters stop phishing attacks before they can reach our users and their inboxes. The filters we employ protect users from 99% of spam before it ever reaches their mailboxes. But there is still that small percentage that still gets through.
Hotmail and Yahoo users also victims of targeted attacks” describes users who receive messages specifically tailored to them and masked themselves as people they may know. The messages usually include a link or attachments and when opened they give the phishers access to personal information. Here is a link to the whole story. We want you to share with you some tips on protecting your inbox:
Five tips that can help protect your inbox:
- Try not to recycle passwords. If you have a favorite password, there is always that chance that it could get compromised. Hackers will try your favorite password on many different Web sites to try to get a hold of your personal information. So try to have several favorite passwords and try not to use the same one on highly sensitive Web sites (i.e. bank, email, major online retailer.).
- Never send highly sensitive information over email. No legitimate bank or business will ever ask for your password. If it was a truly authorized personnel, they would be able to access your account from the backend without the password and only upon your request. Upon your request means that you must contact them for assistance, authorized personnel will never access an account without being invoked by the owner first.
- Check the message headers. Check the message headers, the <return path> to be more specific to see where the message originated. If it’s not from a genuine business domain or it’s from a free email service – send it to the spam folder immediately.
- Know the sender. Become familiar with legitimate emails. If you receive a message from a bank for example, it may say something like. “This is the bank of America Support Department. We kindly ask that you update your account password. Please click on this link: http://www.boa.com but the actual a ref under it is like http://bofaaaa.com.” So be careful where you click!
- Keep your Virus and Spam software up to date. We all should already know the reasons for that don’t we?
Safe emailing everyone!