In this digital Internet age, email has become such an integral part of daily life, not just for individuals keeping in touch with family and friends, but also businesses. Along with that comes the necessity of dealing with spam.
Even the best spam filters have their limitations.
A lot of people have this idea that if they just install a high quality spam filter for their email system, they are protected. They believe all those messages are simply going to be rerouted to their junk mail box where they can delete them en masse. The reality is much different than that.
Cybercriminals and spammers have become incredibly adept at disguising sender names and addresses, creating compelling subject lines that look authentic, and even creating HTML formatted emails that appear as though they actually came from a legitimate company. Everycloudtech.com has some key advice about these topics.
Most people simply have their head buried in the sand.
Most people, from high level corporate executives to the average stay at home mom or dad simply don’t understand the real threat of cybercrime, spam, and clicking on the wrong links or downloading the wrong attachments. They are not educated enough in this because, in the past, the threats of clicking on a bad link or downloading an attachment was having to deal with a virus, a pesky thing, but usually not devastating.
A computer virus can be malicious, but today it can lead to what is commonly referred to as ransomware, which basically means somebody remotely hijacked a computer, locked it down, and demands a payment to have it unlocked. That person who owns the computer would not be able to access any of their personal files again until they paid the ransom.
Cyber security is a major issue.
As spam filters and other systems are put in place to help protect people, cybercriminals and spammers are becoming more ruthless and desperate. The viruses are becoming much more malicious, the emails more aggressive, and even though spam email has now accounted for less than 50% of all emails people get, the lowest in more than a decade, according to Forbes, the content of those messages and the intention of them becomes much more nefarious.
Is it considered out of control?
That depends on who you ask. For somebody who recently had to pay thousands of dollars to recover their files and data on their computer, yes, it is. For the average Internet user, somebody who has not yet seen the dark side of these spam messages, they might not realize just how diabolical cybercrime has become.
It’s important for everyone to use common sense measures to stay protected.
There are plenty of tips and advice online for people to stay protected in this cyber age, but verifying the sender, checking the URL of any potential website link, not clicking on links from emails, not downloading attachments, and simply not assuming that a friend sent a message because their name shows up on the sender list are a few simple ways to start protecting oneself, personal information, and computer system.