Last week we found out that Yahoo had a data breach of over 1 billion of it’s email accounts to hackers that the company only released news of after Verizon planned on buying the company. This week, reports have been released that Yahoo might have provided your personal information to the NSA or FBI without your permission.
What is an Email Phishing Scam?
“Phishing” is a homophone of fishing, which involves using lures to catch fish. It is a malicious message that victims often receive that is allegedly sent from a trustworthy site or organization that often includes a link or attachment that can install malware on your computer, or can direct the victim to a malicious website that will ask for personal and financial information all for the purpose of monetary gain by a cybercriminal. Some phishing emails are poorly written and obviously fake, but sophisticated cybercriminals use techniques of professional marketers to identify the most effective types of messages or the phishing "hooks" that get the highest open or click through rate.
You would be hard-pressed to find a business or organization that doesn’t use email to communicate among employees, with customers, and with vendors. Email is a vital part of our lives that we have come to rely on. Because it is so ingrained in our lives, we trust the emails that we receive and we trust that when we send an email, it will be secure. This feeling of trust and safety is exactly why cyber criminals have taken advantage of emailing and have used it as a tool to steal information and money from individuals and businesses.
With the advent of new technologies, and the expansion of older technologies, it is inevitable that the workplace will be greatly affected. What do workers (and bosses) think about this? According to a Pew Research survey, 46% of workers feel that their productivity has increased due to the prevalent use of cell phones, email, and internet in the office. The majority of workers see the internet as a very important tool for doing work. It allows them to work outside of the physical location of their job, possibly at home or on the road, which 59% of workers do.
Most IT for hire companies won’t tell you this because they want to sell you a server and get the maintenance contract to service it – big money.