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Email Security in a Corporate or Small Business Environment

Written by: Bruce Naylor November 4th 2013

Cyber attacks against small businessGFI_Logo establishments as well as corporations are very common and many small business firms find it difficult to bear the financial loss created by such attacks. It has become all the more necessary to adopt effective steps at workplaces to ensure security of the computers. Many companies introduced training programs for the employees on how to ensure digital security. As the first step the employees are trained how to avoid spam as well as the attachments of the spam messages, how to avoid outside instant messaging clients etc. Improper and ineffective uses of E-mail through the company’s computers in many places have led to litigation in many cases. E-mail manners are quite essential for smooth running of a business.

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How to Protect Your Twitter Account from Targeted Phishing Attacks

The Syrian Electronic Army, a hacking collectivePhishing-Twitter-300x300 which seems to be pro-Syrian government, has been on a Twitter hacking roll lately. They’ve managed to compromise the accounts of many major news outlets, notably the Twitter account of the Associated Press, the Guardian, E! The compromised accounts were then used to spread pro-Syrian government messages and even fake news – news which led to a temporary dip in the Dow Jones and huge $136 billion in value. The latest victim of this hacking spree has been the satirical news website “The Onion”. After taking these attacks with a pinch of salt and posting several satirical articles, The Onion has posted an article detailing how this was done.

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Survey: 81% of U.S. Employees Check their Work Mail outside Work Hours

GFI Software™ report reveals employees regularly read email during weddings, funerals and other family events

The conventional, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., five-day work week is aEmployee-Checks-Work-Mail-from-home thing of the past for the overwhelming majority of workers at small to mid-sized businesses, according to a new survey on work-related email habits. Due to the widespread availability and use of smartphones and tablets, email is more accessible than ever and, as a result, it has become deeply embedded in the daily workplace and personal lives of most employees. The independent, blind survey of 503 employees in workplaces in the U.S. was conducted by Opinion Matters on behalf of GFI Software. The results highlight employee habits around email usage, including response frequency during the workday as well as after hours.

The new 24/7 paradigm

  • Based on the reported email habits of survey respondents, the line between work and home life has become blurred. More than three-quarters of respondents (81%) said they check their work email on weekends, 55% check email after 11 p.m. and 59% keep on top of their work email while on vacation.
  • Outside of regular work hours, more than six in 10 (64%) check email at least once a day. 12% of employees said they check work email in real time beyond the standard workday.
  • One in 10 respondents admitted to checking work email at a child’s school event, 9% at a wedding, and 6% at a funeral. An additional 6% said they logged into their work email while they or their spouse was in labor.
  • On the flip side, nearly one-third (30%) of employees also said they send personal emails from their work account.
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