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20 Email Security Tips to Help You

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Over 90% of cyberattacks begin with a phishing email. In honor of
Cybersecurity Awareness Month, here are 20 tips for 2021 to help improve
your email security posture to protect against attacks and breaches.

Avoid phishing emails

Learn how to recognize phishing emails and don’t take the bait!

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Be cautious of spam email

Learn how to detect and avoid spam in the inbox.

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Be wary of malicious URLs

Secure email from malicious links leading to compromise.

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Protect against spoofing and sender fraud

Safeguard sensitive information with the SPF, DKIM and DMARC email authentication protocols.

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Protect the privacy of your email with TLS

Use the TLS cryptographic protocol to keep data in transit safe from unauthorized parties.

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Don’t rely on native Microsoft 365 email protection alone

Fortify cloud email against attacks with critical layers of additional protection.

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Implement TLS to keep your email secure

Setup and enforce TLS to keep your communications private.

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Endpoint security is not enough

Desktop security solutions alone are not enough to protect against attacks and breaches.

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Conduct regular email security audits

Perform frequent audits to help you understand your email risk and the effectiveness of your current email security strategy.

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Configure email account settings with security in mind

Tailor the configuration of privacy and security settings to address the threats targeting your organization.

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Learn how to spot threats to business email

Familiarize yourself with common signs of phishing, ransomware and business email compromise (BEC).

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Backup your data and isolate your backups offline

Implement a layered data backup strategy and isolate backups you create offline to mitigate the impact of a potential ransomware attack.

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Protect business email from phishing attacks

Fortify email against phishing with a defense-in-depth security strategy.

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Avoid sending sensitive information over email

Emails that ask for personal information - regardless of how official they look - should raise suspicion.

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Learn about malicious links

Know how to determine if a link is malicious or safe, and hover over links before clicking to evaluate their legitimacy.

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Prevent zero-day attacks

Learn tips and best practices to protect against attacks exploiting zero-day vulnerabilities.

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Business email is for business only

Don’t use business email accounts for personal reasons, and log out of your email account when you aren’t using it.

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Learn how to identify social engineering attacks

Protect your sensitive information by knowing how to spot an email that imitates a trusted sender to manipulate psychology.

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Know your email risk

Understanding the risk you face as an email user is the first step in reducing it.

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Safeguard your inbox from malicious mail

Prevent the delivery of all malicious mail with proactive, layered security defenses.

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