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Tools and Standards for Email Scam Mitigation

You put server infrastructure in place to operate in today’s online world. You upgrade your server concept to colocation with a service like Global IP Networks in order to have access to more capacity and a higher standard than you have the IT department or budget to manage on your own. That addresses server availability, but that’s only one step in securing your IT infrastructure. Your domain also must avoid the reputation as a conduit for spam or scam emails. Global IP Networks helps with that. We do not host pornography, gambling or other high risk sites which can be security concerns and…

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The Importance Of Paying For Your Server Hosting

For the small business owner or new startup, free server hosting can look tempting. However, unless the free service is run by a charity organization, it must have a business model. In short, they must generate revenue in order to maintain the service and make a profit. A common way to generate revenue is through the use of advertisements. The content you create brings in traffic which the hosting provider profits from when they click on the ads. Advertisements look unprofessional and divert a percentage of your traffic. There are some free hosting services that don’t monetize with ads and…

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Statistics Show Businesses Don’t Really Know What to Look for in an Email Scam

Email scams continue to plague businesses no thanks to most of those emails looking far too convincing. While it’s true that many fake emails look like they’re from official sources, statistics keep reminding us that personnel in businesses still can’t tell any difference. Recently, McAfee did a study showing only 3% of those surveyed correctly identified an email scam. This means 97% of all businesses will likely be fooled this year once again. The implications of the above are sobering, yet you still have some clues available to help you scope out the fakes. Your best bet is just being circumspect about all…

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Spam E-Mail: A Drain On The Economy

The average e-mail user knows the feeling of excitement when they discover they have an inbox of legitimate emails waiting for them. This feeling often evaporates and becomes disappointment when it is realized that the e-mail is nothing more than spam. It happens to virtually every e-mail user at some point or another. The feeling is both annoying and the spam is a drain on economic resources. The Three Main Costs Of Spam E-mail One might wonder how spam e-mail could really be that big of a drain on the economy. Most of us probably think that the cost would be…

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Know the signs of an email scam

Each year, well-intentioned Americans report losing billions of dollars to email scams. Some blame naivety or just plain ignorance, but the reality is that while computer users are warned to look out for scams, most never learn what to look for to identify the difference between legitimate email and something malicious. Here are some easy to spot warning signs that the message in your inbox should be erased. In the Message Header The message header of an email contains information regarding where the message is coming from, where it is going, and other qualifying information such as it’s total file size and timezone….

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Email Security: Five Tips to Protect Yourself

E-mail can be a terrific form of communication for keeping in touch with family, friends, and business associates. However, using it unwisely may make you and your computer susceptible to spam, scams, and viruses. Here are five tips to avoid these problems: Utilize Security Software A decent security program with a firewall should be your first line of defense when using a PC. It should come as no surprise that comprehensive security programs are necessary to protect PCs against spam, viruses, worms, Trojans, etc. Even for email, security software can protect against the malicious software hiding in email attachments. Be Smart…

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Be Aware of Tax Season Email Scams

Scammers look for opportunity to bait unsuspecting users. Tax season presents a prime opportunity for cybercriminals to disguise a new attack on an unsuspecting victim. Small businesses are especially vulnerable since they are usually not as well protected and often have large amounts of cash in their bank accounts. The prime method used by cybercriminals is email scamming. Protect your company by being aware of the most common attack techniques. Phishing scams: The IRS included phishing scams on its “Dirty Dozen” list. This scam involves a fraudulent email that captures personal and company data. According to the IRS, it never uses electronic…

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Be Aware Of IRS E-mail Scams This Tax Season

Tax season is upon us. While you are scrabbling around trying to add in those last-minute deductions and maximizing your return, don’t forget to keep your information safe. Tax season is also a prime season for those who like to prey on the public’s vulnerability. Every year, thousands fall victim to a malicious e-mail scam that targets people’s private information in regards to their taxes. How The Scammers Get Their Foot In The Door  Most people know not to open e-mails they receive from sources that look fishy to them. However, the scammers can get around this by posing as though they…

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