Electronic mail has been the rage for a long time and if you use the internet, you probably would have sent an email to someone, or at least heard about it. One of the largest names in the industry, Google Mail has a massive number of users across the world. How massive? over 1.5 billion and counting. That is 20 per cent of the entire world population which is around 7.7 billion right now.
With the technology advancing by leaps and bounds, the types of security risks on your Gmail may be facing with are increasing at an alarming rate. There have been different kinds of phishing attacks, malware hits, ransomware attacks with over 90 per cent of cyber attacks have started with an email, according to a report by keepnetlabs.
How to hack
- The hacker exploits a security loophole present in your file system which gives them access to your messages and contact list.
- The cybercriminal may also get access to your account by guessing or brute-forcing your password. This move depends on being successful based on the complexity of your password.
- The cyber attacker may trick you into entering login info via a fake login page which could look like your email page, or your bank website page, based on a malware which you downloaded, or clicked a re-routing link. One of the biggest moves is to get you to install a keylogger which is normally performed through a piggyback move on a software or a file you actually wanted to download. The keylogger stores every keystroke and sends back information on a remote server which could be accessed by the cybercriminal.
There are now many ways to prevent your account from coming under ransomware attacks. Here are top 5 tips to prevent yourself from coming under a cyber attack.
Top Gmail security tips
Identify Phishing and Spoofing
In a spoofing case, the cybercriminal sends the victim an email under a name which the victim is familiar with. Email spoofing is a comparatively easy thing to do and is difficult to find the actual sender. According to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report, hackers have delivered malware attacks via email.
Phishing is one of the high-risk malware attacks and is used by cyber attackers to dupe users in order to obtain sensitive information like bank accounts or security pins and One Time Passwords (OTP). So if you ever get an email which asks you for personal details like your pin number, card details and such. just ignore that email and mark it to spam.
Identify possible ransomware attack signs
Ransomware attacks are delivered by mail or other routes such as websites. But ransomware attacks are always dependent on the end user action. So if you receive an email with an attachment that looks queasy, don’t download it. Always switch off your Open-Files automatically feature.
Check before posting email credentials
Always make it a point to check the source of an email before you download any attachments. Make it a point to refrain from entering email credentials on a website, or click on ads which may turn out to be malicious.
Always make it a point to label your emails accordingly. Important emails should be either archived or moved into a separate folder. On Gmail, the filter option is capable of automatically labelling, archiving, deleting, star, and forward your incoming emails, creating rules for filtering your email.
Always keep your password unique by using a mix of alphabets, numbers and special characters. This is the most basic of tasks to keep your email secure. You would be surprised but one of the major reasons for email cyber attacks is a weak password. There are over hundreds and thousands of people who have actually kept their password as “password”, according to a SecureThoughts report. Using a simple password or matching similar passwords for different websites is just plain risky.