We are continuously attacked by email scammers in their quest to access confidential information related to login, bank details, emails etc. This is a never ending quest from the attackers which requires continuous awareness and defense by an ordinary person.

MailGuard detected a new criminal-intent designed to look like a Quickbooks invoice notification. Read their full article here. They also shared a screenshot to give an idea how the mail looks like.

Quickbooks Mailguard Spam

(Courtesy: https://www.mailguard.com.au)

There are plenty of articles and guidelines online to learn how to protect yourself from spam. Now understand that at the end of the day these spammers are human beings and they think, test and modify their approaches to attack. They are becoming clever by the day. Although many popular email service providers have spam filters, but still we get spam emails, which essentially means they are able to pass through those automatic filters and end-up in your email inbox!

If a spam email has landed in your inbox, this is where your responsibility starts. Spam filters could only go that far. Just like spammers, you are also a human being. You can train yourself to spot spam emails, provided, there is an intent to learn. Unless staying safe is on your agenda, you will get into trouble by such an attack one day. Even the most modern and sophisticated email service providers will not be able to protect you.

4 Tips to protect yourself from spam emails

Step 1: First and foremost important thing is to keep an eye on news related to spam, hacks, cyber-attacks etc. to educate yourself. Don’t worry if you don’t understand at first. You will start getting the hang of it with the passage of time.

Step 2: Write on ‘Post it’ “Is this a spam email” and stick it to your laptop or screen to remind yourself. Always look at your inbox as a meeting place between a hacker / spammer and yourself. It is a minefield, the more cautious you are, the safer you will be.

Step 3: Help email spam filters. This is where you join hands with your email spam filter and email service provider. You must have observed that there is a button in your inbox with wording such as “Spam”. Any email which you consider as spam, make an effort and mark it as spam rather simply deleting that email. This way you are training the filter to learn and filter such mails in future. This is very crucial. Remember that email users are always greater in number than hackers and spammers. So even if 25% of the users start properly training these spam filters, collectively you can make a big impact.

Step 4: Educate people around you e.g. colleagues, friends, family members so that they can also effectively counter spam /  hacks etc. Create a culture of vigilance around yourself, your friends, your colleagues and your business.