March 16, 2017

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Corporate Gmail Security Issues

Gmail security is a big concern because millions of malicious emails are sent to Gmail users each and every day. Thanks to the security resources that Google uses, however, millions of fraud emails are stopped from reaching inboxes. If you are using a corporate Gmail account, you might even be more at risk than a personal user. Here are some stats:

  • Attackers send more than 4 times the number of malware email messages to corporate accounts than they do personal accounts.
  • Attackers send more than 6 times the number of phishing email messages to corporate accounts than they do personal accounts.
  • Attackers send more than 4 times the number of spam email messages to corporate accounts than they do personal accounts.

The Focus of Corporate Gmail Security Threats

You might be surprised to know that attackers tend to focus on certain corporate Gmail accounts over others. For example, when you consider all of the corporate email addresses out there, email addresses for non-profits and educational entities are more than 2 times more likely to be attacked with malware than all the rest.

Google is Making a Good Attempt to Stop Them

Because Google is aware of these threats, they have taken important steps to stop them. First, they have installed a brand-new email classifier that has a 99.9 percent accuracy rate when detecting abusive emails. Google also offers alerts for users who might be attempting to access websites known for malware or phishing schemes.

Additionally, Google offers 2-step verification when accessing an account, and the company uses a hosted S/MIME feature, which helps to ensure that the content of the email is safe and secure when it is sent.

Finally, they have implemented a TLS encryption indicator, which, if you turn it on, means only the recipient you send it to can read your email.

Spotting a Phishing Email

Though Google has done quite well at stopping these threats, you still might find them entering your corporate email box. Here are some tips to keep yourself safe:

  • Always Expect the Unexpected. Most phishing emails are disguised as legitimate looking emails. Examine the email thoroughly before clicking any link or downloading any files.
  • Check the Name. If you don’t recognize the name of the sender of an email, be wary, especially if the email asks for passwords or other account information.
  • Don’t Click on Any Links. If you must use a web address, use your bookmark or manually type it into your browser.
  • Pay Attention to Grammar. Malicious emails often have bad grammar or misspellings in them. If you see these signs, odds are good the email is bad.
  • Look for Threats. Finally, if you see any threatening or urgent-sounding language, it is likely a phishing email. Examples might include “Limited Time” or “Your account has been compromised.”

This is certainly not an inclusive list, but it will give you a good idea of what you are up against. If anything looks fishy, or “phishy,” don’t open it.

Robert Siciliano

Community Educator at IdentityForce
ROBERT SICILIANO, CSP, the #1 bestselling Amazon.com author, is serious about teaching you about fraud prevention and personal security. Robert is a private investigator fiercely committed to informing, educating and empowering people so they can protect themselves and their loved ones from violence and crime in their everyday lives, both in their physical and virtual interactions. Robert, a Certified Speaking Professional with an engaging “tell it like it is” style, is a favorite source for dozens of major media outlets, leading corporations and organizations looking for the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Robert is accessible, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment with down-to-earth insights at a moment’s notice on breaking news that affects us all.