You may get dozens of spam emails every day without even realizing it. Yet, if you respond to a single spam email, you may inadvertently put yourself and others in danger.
For example, consider what happens when you respond to a spam email at work.
A spam message may contain a malicious link. If you click on the link, you will likely be directed to a web page that appears harmless. The page may ask you to provide your name, phone number, and other contact information. It may even request your password to certain online accounts, your bank account number, or other highly sensitive information.
Any information you share on a spam website falls into the hands of a cybercriminal. At this point, a cybercriminal can use this information for any reason. Thus, accessing the link and providing contact information on a malicious web page can be risky.
Of course, a spam message may include a malicious attachment as well. In this scenario, you may download the attachment. When you do, you risk putting ransomware or other malicious software on the device you’re using.
Cybercriminals frequently use malicious software to illegally access business devices. If you download a malicious attachment on a work device, a hacker can access all of the information on this device. In addition, the criminal can access your work network and any other devices connected to it. This can lead to a costly, time-intensive data breach that extends across your company.
How to Deal with a Spam Email
If you believe an email you receive in your work inbox is spam, try not to panic. Here are three things you can do to resolve the situation as quickly and seamlessly as possible.
1. Do Not Open the Email
Before you open an email, look at the sender. Avoid opening any emails from senders you don’t know. Beware of any messages in which you are asked to share sensitive information, too.
2. Do Not Reply to the Message
Resist the urge to respond to a potential spam email. Instead, notify your manager that you have received a message that may be spam. From here, you and your manager can work together to determine the best course of action.
3. Reach Out for Help
You may unknowingly open a spam email, click on a link or open an attachment within it, or respond to this message. In any of these scenarios, notify your manager once you realize what happened. It is paramount to reach out to your manager if you believe your work device has been compromised. This ensures you and your manager can take steps to secure your device and guard against a company-wide data breach.
Keep an Eye Out for Spam Emails Every Day
Cybercriminals are relentless, and they will do everything they can to attack business employees. If you know how to identify and address spam emails, you can help your company improve its security posture.
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