Whether it’s a new cyberattack or a defense against attacks, email security is always the topic we’re talking about first. Because everyone is using it, and the potential threat of email is huge. The following are the most concerned issues in the survey:
1. Counterfeit attack, BEC (business mail leak).
2. The user’s email account is compromised and the stolen account is used for repayment.
3. Phishing emails from trusted third parties.
4. The user is not sure if the email is phishing.
5. The ability of users to discover phishing emails on mobile devices.
Email is the most popular way in the cyberattack
Modern businesses rely on email—it’s the main form of communication for most companies, and email won’t go away for a while.
Unfortunately, it happens to be the main entry point for attackers. One out of every 100 emails is a malicious email. On the surface, it doesn’t seem to be a big number; however, when billions of e-mails are sent every day around the world, the number of malicious messages becomes enormous. The victim only needs to interact with the malicious email once, and the attacker can be exposed to a major economic loss to the target through malicious email.
Counterfeiting attacks such as commercial email disclosure (BEC) and CEO fraud are becoming the focus of cybercriminals. These attacks often trick users into telegraphic transfers or leak company information. Email sources are trusted, and email content is often urgent making it difficult for users to identify such attacks. For example, an attacker would pretend to be a senior manager or supply chain partner, tricking an employee into taking such payments as authorization.
User mail account leak
Cybercriminals have been innovating in order to find the best way to deceive the target. Sometimes it’s enough to manipulate the display name in a spoofing attack, but sometimes more is needed which will bypass the email account security protection, and suspicious email attacks change into fully trusted attacks.
User email account disclosure is a big issue. In particular, attackers entice employees to share their email login credentials. For example, an attacker sends an email with a URL that points to a legitimate login page but is actually a phishing website.
Once an attacker compromises a legitimate and trusted email account, the account is taken over and can be used for a variety of malicious activities. We often see when an attacker exploits a legitimate account that is attacked is to send an email from the company’s user account to the organization’s finance (AP) department for telegraphic transfer fraud.
Using a VPN to protect your Email
So, here’s how you can combine a VPN with secure email accounts. First, register for a secure email account. Next, download VPN software. Whenever you access the Internet, first boot up the VPN before accessing your email account. It’s that simple.
The Internet is not, unfortunately, a safe place. Seemingly-innocent email providers, advertisers, and government agencies use our private data for their own personal interests. Not every government or corporation is inherently bad, but no Internet user can safeguard their information without encrypting personal information using a VPN and secure email account.