How Safe is Your Email?

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As an email user I’m sure you get loads of spam and phishing emails every day.

They are a nuisance but so long as you don’t click on any dodgy links or attachments you’re generally fine.

But there’s another threat – one that’s a bit sneakier and can catch out even the most careful of people.

Take a look at this headline that appeared on itsoluti0ns blog last month:

Hotmail and Yahoo Mail hit with similar attacks as GMail, says report

Now that’s not something you want to read while having a coffee.

According to itsoluti0ns, last month Google announced that hundreds of its GMail accounts has been affected by an attack that forwarded the account’s emails to other accounts.

If that wasn’t bad enough, a report from Trend Micro said that similar attacks have recently hit accounts at Microsoft’s Hotmail and Yahoo! email services.

The report states that Trend Micro team members discovered a “phishing” attack on Hotmail that disguised itself as an email from Facebook’s security team. Unlike other attacks users would be affected by the email just by previewing – they didn’t even have to open it. The report then goes on to say “We recently alerted Yahoo! of an attempt to exploit Yahoo! email by stealing users’ cookies in order to gain access to their email accounts. While this attempt appeared to fail, it does signify that attackers are attempting to attack Yahoo! email users as well.”

Fighting back

With increasingly sophisticated attacks you may wonder how on earth you can protect yourself from these threats.

One method to action is to use a two step email verification system to help you make sure the emails you receive are genuine.

Other than that check out the spelling and grammar in the so-called ‘official emails’ from companies (particularly unsolicited emails).

Ultimately, if you’re not sure press delete – better to be safe than sorry.

Author: MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.

VPOP3 – Manage Your Email Without an Exchange Server

VPOP3 email For many businesses, managing their POP email without an exchange service seems like a pipe dream. Is it really possible to manage business wide communications in this way?

Well, yes it is.

There is a product available called VPOP3 which does exactly that. It allows SMEs to run their POP email via a PC using an application software that allows them to manage emails throughout their business like an exchange server.

A fully-featured Windows Email Server, VPOP3 is simple to configure, to use and is flexible enough to fulfil your requirements. With its built in spam filter (which detects 80% of spam and offensive email before it reaches your users) it can also detect and block email viruses using the avast! and Sophos antivirus engine.

What you can do with VPOP3

This feature packed technology offers the user a wealth of benefits including:

  • Virus scanning
  • Spam/content filtering
  • Standards compliant (POP3/SMTP/LDAP)
  • Remote administration
  • Webmail
  • Message archiving
  • Mail list server
  • Automatic responses
  • Multiple ISP support
  • Scripting

Plus the software is constantly updated and enhanced support your changing needs

It will work with or without an internet email account and on any type of internet connectivity – dial-up modem, ISDN, Broadband xDSL to permanent leased lines.

Why not try it out?

For more information about this service follow this link and click on the button shown below.

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Author: MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.