Have you noticed that in addition to sharing
cybersecurity tips I also spend a like of time talking about spam and
Are you wondering why a cybersecurity expert is
spending so much time talking about emails and spam?
Email offers TWO enormous opportunities.One
for cyber criminals to wreak havoc and another for businesses to
reach their clients.
You see, there are over 4 billion emails users
across the globe, and 95%
of them are checking their email EVERY DAY. This
makes email a very effective tool to reach people. If you can
get your message into the inbox, there is a prime chance that they
will see you and they’ll read your message.
And with 3
million emails sent EVERY SECOND, it's no wonder that
81% of emails are
being opened on mobile devices. It's probably because
FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is real, and we don't want to miss a
It's easy to see
that people are living in their email and why is presents such an
excellent opportunity for good and evil.
Cybercriminals want to get in your inbox to either
scam you out of money or steal your information, your files, and give
you the gift of ransomware.
Businesses want to get in your inbox to build know,
like, and trust and to build a relationship with you.
Because everyone wants in your inbox, there are lots
of barriers to cross before that message can be delivered. That means
sometimes the bad buy gets in, and sometimes the good guy gets
So WHY do I keep talking about email and spam?
important to tell the different between a scam and a legit email
is the #1 way a data breach gets started
billion spam emails are sent daily (almost half of all email is
#1 reason I talk about it...
I started Silicon Prairie Cyber Services so I could
serve small businesses. I've learned that one a major hurdle faced by
small businesses is getting eyeballs on their emails because they
keep getting stuck in spam. I want to help YOU get the most out of
your email list, and that means getting YOU into the INBOX.
How do I do it? Through technical configurations
between your email provider and your email marketing service. I
configure an approved list to say which services are allowed to
send messages for you. Once
you have an approved list published, your open rate will go up 10% to
Don't worry, if you work for a larger business, for a
larger enterprise, or even for the government this same strategy will
work for you too. Plus, we can stop people from impersonating your
business and reduce the number of phishing emails coming into your
Facebook hacked. Facebook data is insecure. LinkedIn hacked. TikTok is spying on you. Do you feel like you're seeing headlines like these constantly? Are headlines like these freaking you out? Facebook’s certainly been in the news again, and it seems like it’s never ending. Let me save you time and break down the media hype for you. What you need to know right now about Facebook The Facebook data breach took place in 2019 – and probably included your name, phone number, and email address Fraudsters could use that phone number to steal your identity – monitor your credit Facebook Messenger is NOT encrypted Switching to WhatsApp from Messenger is gaining momentum Whats App IS encrypted. It still collects some info about you but it’s WAY less than Messenger. Facebook Rooms are NOT encrypted There’s no such thing as a free service. You’re paying with your data and information. Visit my website to learn more about services to help your business or grab a complementary guide .
When I say ‘FlyTrap’ what comes to mind? A venus fly trap? ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’? A bug zapper? A strip of sticky tape with a bunch of flies stuck to it? Malware? I hope you were thinking about malware because there’s some FlyTrap malware taking over Facebook Accounts, and it's been around since March. How are they doing it? Social Engineering . The bad guys have placed malicious apps in Google Play and other Android stores to lure you in with offers for free Netflix coupon codes and voting for your favorite soccer player or team. These apps look legit. They are high quality, use great graphics, and are free from grammar and spelling errors. To get the code or to vote, you have to log in with your Facebook username and password. You are actually using Facebook to login, but unknown to the victim, there is something nefarious going on in the background, and it’s stealing their sensitive info. WHAT TO DO IF THIS HAS HAPPENED TO YOU
How good are you are resisting the simply irresistible? Yes, I’ve got another Robert Palmer analogy for you. She was Simply Irresistible Robert Palmer and another infamous song and video in 1988 called Simply Irresistible , and yes, you can find the Robert Palmer Girls in the video. I’m not sure what makes it more famous: the catchy tune, the nonsensical lyrics, the swagger of the girls, or that it was everywhere in the late 80s. The Theories There are a few theories about the meaning of this song, and normally I’m not one to look deeply into hidden meanings, but I’m going to share my favorite theory with you. “…a mythical force that is really seducing Robert Palmer against his will. My theory is that this song is really about a siren’s song confusing the singer and making him “compromise his principle… You're obliged to conform when there's no other course or …I'm breaking promises, she's breaking every law.” My favorite theory is courtesy of Hannah McIsaac. Cybercrim