January 2017 Newsletter

SRF Strategies Newsletter

Hello, welcome to the January 2017 newsletter.

Cyber criminals around the world are continually looking for ways to infiltrate our personal lives, as well as our businesses, using everything from various forms of viruses and Trojans, to the latest ever increasingRamsomWare.

One way a business can help protect itself is by implementing "best practices" with regards to emails that they receive. 

Stay On Guard

Don't become blasé in maintaining email security. If the email looks like spam or a bit dodgy then don't open it. Always stay alert, especially if asked for sensitive information.

Don't Click

Many emails come with "just click on this link to..." and it will open into your browser. This is a great way for Malware to be uploaded onto your computer.
Check the link by: 1. hovering your mouse cursor over the link and look at the bottom of your email browser and inspect the URL address, does it match where the email is supposed to be going to? or 2. right click the link and copy, then open your internet browser and paste it into the URL section and check it's destination.

Log Out

A good habit to get into, is when you leave your desk always lock your screen, this will stop anyone from accessing not just your emails, but all of your business information. On Windows 10 use window + L . If you're going to be out of the office for a while then log out completely. Also make sure you have a password only you know.

Protect Sensitive Information

If possible send sensitive information some other way then by email. Better alternatives may be by: doing it in person; phone them; use encryption or via a secure website.

Use Email Filters

Learn how to use your email browser's email filters, especially the junk and spam filters. Some email browsers allow a user to "blacklist" unwanted emails, so that the email never gets onto your system.

Several Emails

A good practice is to have at least three email addresses. One is your main business email address, linked to your website domain. The second is a personal email address,  and then a third email address which you use to sign up for any old newsletter or information access - for this one use a generic one like gmail.com or mail.com. By doing this, you keep things separate and more secure. If the generic one gets too much rubbish coming into it, then it can be easily deleted.

AV Software

Finally, make sure that your Anti Virus Software is set to automatically scan any attachments and emails.

If I can be of any help, please contact me

Until next time, stay secure.

Stephen Fugler