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Avoiding malicious emails: Utilise web conferencing to boost your online security

Posted by Eureka Editor

Last updated on December 12, 2016

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Email cyber attacks are as broad as they are malicious. Proceed with caution, or use alternative means.

Internet security is a near constant news subject. As technology advances at a thrilling rate of knots, security specialists find themselves punching smoke by trying to contain a constantly evolving online threat.

Practically everyone with an email account - no matter how cagey they have been in handing out their details - will have received an email from a "trusted source" at some point, in what is actually an attempt to infringe their digital privacy. Other tactics can include using emotive subjects to entice you to open a link. The more sophisticated, and perhaps successful, ones are a mixture of both tactics.

A recent example takes the subject of the Ebola virus to mask a malicious phishing and malware campaign. The email at first appears to provide safety information on a common concern: a disease that has killed more than 1,100 people as of August, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). What the recipient actually receives is a Trojan device designed to disrupt and destroy their personal or business computer network.

Even more convincing is a recent phishing campaign that pretends to be news of an Ebola outbreak from the worldwide news source CNN.

A report by internet security experts Symantec said: "If the user clicks on the links in the email they are sent to a web page, asked to select an email provider and asked to input their login credentials. If the user performs this action, their email login credentials will be sent directly to phishers."

Protecting your network

There are very few ways users can ensure the complete security of their online communications - though web conferencing can help.

By being connected live to your selected recipients, all parties know that the information that is shared in the conference call is from a trusted source. What's more, teleconferencing services can add voice to your meeting, so information is delivered quickly, naturally and, of course, free of any threat to your business's or prospective client's computer network.

To ensure both the privacy and security of your next meeting, feel free to contact Eureka Conferencing and give our free trial a go.

Topics: Web Conferencing, Teleconferencing

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