Email Safety

Spam & Phishing

Cybercriminals have become quite savvy in their attempts to lure people in and get you to click on a link or open an attachment.

The email they send can look just like it comes from a financial institution, e-commerce site, government agency or any other service or business.

It often urges you to act quickly, because your account has been compromised, your order cannot be fulfilled or another matter.

If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify it with these steps:

  • Contact the company directly using information provided on an account statement or back of a credit card.
  • Search for the company online – but not with information provided in the email.
  • Keep handy this Phishing Tip Card as part of your toolkit.

The above is an excerpt from a Cyber Security website. You can learn more by reading the full article about Spam and Phishing.

Protect yourself and your customers with “BCC” (Blind Carbon Copy)

Every email has three sender options for including an email address: To, CC, and BCC. Blind carbon copy allows the sender of an email message to conceal the person entered in the BCC field from the other recipients.

This is especially important when sending a group message to external contacts not affiliated with each other, so you're not exposing email adddresses without permission.

BCC also helps prevent the dreaded accidental “reply all”.  Most importantly, using the BCC field can help prevent scam emails and targeted phishing attacks against your organization.