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As champions of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), we're kicking off our first week with a focus on email. Read on for facts and tips on email security from the National Cyber Security Alliance.
Across the world, 269 billion emails are sent every day. It's estimated that the average business user will receive 96 emails per day by 2019 (source: Radicati).
Given our reliance on the medium, it's no surprise that email is one of cybercriminals' favorite methods of attack. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, 85 percent of U.S. organizations have experienced a phishing attack and 30 percent of people have opened a phishing email.
There are simple steps you can take to ensure that you don't become a victim of a cyberattack. Somewhat like a poker tell, suspicious emails contain hints that the sender isn't who they claim to be.
Watch this video to learn how to spot email scams.
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Very important point worth repeating: Suspicious emails often contain poor grammar or spelling mistakes. If you receive an email of this kind, don't click any links even if all the other elements of the email seem legitimate. Chances are high that you are being scammed.
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