Spam emails are more than just annoying; they actually present a significant cybersecurity threat to your business. Spam emails contain viruses, spyware, and phishing requests, all of which can cost you significant time and money. In 2020, over 50% of emails sent were classed as spam. Fortunately, however, it is possible to filter your spam email so that it doesn’t get in the way of running your business. Here’s why it pays to do so.
When your inbox is filled with spam, going through and separating the important emails from the junk can be a time-consuming process. Spending a couple of minutes organising your emails each day might not seem like a big deal, but over time this can accumulate to hours or even days of lost productivity across your company.
Furthermore, a large volume of spam emails might cause you or your employees to miss important messages, which can lead to further problems and communication issues.
Phishing occurs when a scammer sends an email impersonating a legitimate company or organisation in order to trick you into entering your personal information or handing over your bank details. Phishing emails often look very convincing and cyber criminals are always devising new ways to trick users. Even the most savvy among us may fall prey to these phishing requests from time to time because they’re not always easy to spot.
Examples of common phishing scams include:
- Fake tax refund emails from HMRC. HMRC will only ever contact you about this by post.
- False notifications from Amazon claiming that someone has made a purchase using your account.
- Fake bank alerts asking you to hand over your PIN code. Your bank will never ask you for this.
- Most recently, a fake covid-19 vaccine email has been circulating asking recipients to sign up for and pay for the vaccine. The vaccine is free, and the NHS will never ask you for payment.
Spam emails often contain malicious links which install spyware on your device. Even if you’re savvy at spotting spam emails, all it takes is one wrong link for a third party to gain access to your data and passwords – and you may not even know that it has happened.
Perhaps even more worrying than spyware is ransomware. Ransomware is a form of malware that infects your device or network and then holds all of your data to ransom. Without a robust data backup system in place, ransomware can be devastating for your business. Unfortunately, this time of cybercrime is on the rise and becoming increasingly sophisticated.
67% of ransomware attacks begin with a spam or phishing email, so a reliable filter is an essential step in ensuring the safety of your company data.
Spam emails are so much more than a mere annoyance. These emails are a drain on both time and money for your business, so it really does pay to filter them out. Besides, when it comes to cybersecurity, prevention is always better than the cure.
Our spam filtering service reduces the volume of spam emails that you receive by up to 98%. Each day, we filter out over 6,000 emails for our clients, saving them time, money and stress. We’re committed to protecting your business from spam which is why we price this service extremely competitively and offer a free trial. Click here to find out more about how you can start protecting your organisation right now or fill in the form below and we’ll contact you.