Category Archive: Fraud

  1. Password Management & Cybersecurity

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    Cybersecurity information is readily available and widely circulated today. So have online hacking incidents decreased substantially? Not exactly. Hackers are still targeting personal credentials because they’re a slam dunk way to gain access to private information. According to Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report, stolen credentials account for 29% of all breaches, with 80% of hacking breaches traced back to weak or stolen passwords.

    We’ve talked at length about email security and the risks of password compromise under the Business Tech topics on our blog. Today, we’d like to give you concrete, actionable steps to protect your email privacy.

    Best Practices for Your Email Security

    Email has become so commonplace that individuals are often desensitized to how much delicate information they may contain. Leaving email accounts unprotected on multiple devices is like leaving your front door open. If you think of your email as your home and envision it in the worst possible neighborhood, you’d use a lock. In fact, you’d probably use several locks and an alarm system. That’s precisely how you should approach email security.

    Here are some best practices for you to mandate for your entire team:

    • Make Unique Passwords Mandatory. A common mistake is that people are using the same password across multiple accounts. If you use the same password for your private email as you do for your work email and other accounts, the hackers only have to compromise one account to have access to all of them.
    • Passwords Should Be Complex. Using personal information or simplistic passwords is another common mistake. You need to stay away from using words or information that can be guessed by knowing you or following you on social media. Ideally, passwords should appear to be a random sequence of numbers, letters, and symbols.
    • Turn Off Auto-Fill. Auto-fill seems like a godsend. It eliminates a lot of time filling out information repeatedly. But it also means that all of that information is stored where malicious actors can get it. There are even phishing attacks targeting this exact technology. Remember, the things that save us time are often the biggest holes in security.
    • Use a Business Password Manager. Keeping passwords written down can be dangerous, but if you’re following best practices, you’ll have a lot of hard to guess passwords to keep track of. Using a good password manager app can help you maintain the highest level of security in choosing passwords and making them safe.
    • Never Leave Devices Unprotected. You should need to use your password every time you check your email on every device. The same goes for other accounts.

    Looking for Expert IT in the Southwest to Manage Your Cyber Security?

    If you’re concerned about cybersecurity, contact Integrated Axis today. Our experienced technicians can assess your process, help you find the best software solutions, and develop a reliable protocol to make sure best practices are followed to protect your company’s privacy.

  2. The Dangers of Clicking Unsubscribe Links in Your Emails

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    Everyone receives emails they don’t want, and it can be tempting to click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom, but beware! This is a simple and easy way to prevent future emails from that sender, right? While that may be true, this simple action can actually cause more problems than it solves, especially if you don’t know or trust the sender—or have never subscribed to their emails. Its also an easy way for email senders to disguise their identity and location, making an effective email method of a phishing attack. Here are four dangers of unsubscribing from emails right away:

    Unsubscribing Confirms your Email Address

    After opening that email and clicking “unsubscribe,” spammers may actually send you more email instead of removing you from their list. They may sell your email address to other spammers if they’re especially ruthless.

    Clicking Confirms You’ve Read the Email

    Clicking Confirms You’ve Read the Email

    Clicking that “unsubscribe” button also tells the sender that you may be interested in the subject matter, as you read through the email and clicked an internal button. This information allows spammers to narrow the focus of the future email, making it more likely that you’ll open and read them.

    Unsubscribing Sends Information About Your Computer

    Some senders require an email from you as part of the unsubscribing process. This step may involve sending them an email directly with a particular phrase such as “remove” or “unsubscribe” in the subject field. Clicking the unsubscribe link may also open an email window. Either way, sending an email provides the recipient with your email header, which contains information about your email software and computer. This information can be highly useful for anyone who wants to access your computer.

    A subscription request may also open a browser window, which additionally provides the spammer with information about you. This information includes your browser, operating system, and IP address, which spammers can then use to determine your approximate geographic location. They can also send your computer a “cookie” that will identify you if you visit any of their other websites.

    Visiting Unknown Websites Exposes you to Malware

    Visiting Unknown Websites Exposes you to Malware

    Accessing a website as part of the unsubscribing process provides a spammer with an opportunity to install malware on your computer. Malware is designed to gain access to and corrupt your computer. A type of malware known as a drive-by download can be installed, even if you don’t click anything on the website! Spammers can tailor this malware to increase its effectiveness against your cybersecurity, based on the information you’ve already provided.

    Keep Your Email Safe

    The best strategy for dealing with unwanted email is to simply remove it from your inbox and block the sender’s email address. The specific procedure for accomplishing these tasks depends on your email software. For certain software, marking a message as spam automatically moves the message to a trash folder and blocks the sender. In other cases, you may need to manually move the message and add the sender’s email address to your block list. Some email software platforms continue to learn more about what’s considered spam when you mark a message as such, which helps to protect your computer in the future.

    When it comes to computer security, safety, cloud services, Wi-Fi, and more, look no further than Integrated Axis technology Group for the best technology services Tucson has to offer. Contact us here or call us at (520) 877-3033 to learn more about our IT services.