Email security is a passion and a specialty of Ironic Design.
Email is one of the biggest and most commonly overlooked security risks today, and it is used by almost every person and business in the world. Most people today have more than one email account, and every single account is at risk from a wide assortment of threats.
Since email accounts are so common, it’s only logical that hackers and other nefarious people will send out thousands, tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of misleading junk, spam, and even virus-laden emails. Even though only a small percentage of their dangerous email is successful, it can have huge negative impacts on businesses and individuals. Right now, the most dangerous form of email – the zero-day exploit – is on the rise, with the number of these exploits more than doubling in 2015.
Antespam Email Security can help with zero-day exploits by improving the weak point of many email programs – the user. By providing convincing-looking (but harmless) emails, Antespam’s Email Security Training (EST) program can teach all users – from the most basic to the most advanced – what to look out for. Additionally, the EST program makes the user aware of common “spoofing” techniques, which can help the user avoid more common “phishing” emails, which expose millions of people to identity theft and credit card/bank fraud.
Additionally, Antespam also protects against the “usual suspects” of spam email – penny stocks, cheap prescription drugs, hook-up solicitations, and known viruses and malware. Antespam is available for both business and personal email address – find out how Antespam email security can protect you today!
Some of the most common types of email spam and malware that Antespam helps prevent:
- 419 Scam – Also known as “Advanced fee fraud”, the scammer promises the email receipient a large sum of money in return for a small up-front payment, which the scammer requires to obtain the larger sum.
- Cheap products – Whether it’s advertising iPhones, medication, or software, if you get an unsolicited email promising something that seems to good (or too cheap) to be true, be wary!
- Phishing – An email (or website) which attempts to defraud an account holder by posing as a legitimate site (Paypal, or your bank, for example).
- Ransomware – A program which can essentially hold a computer (or computer network) hostage by preventing or limiting access to the computer until a ransom is paid to the malware creator.
- Rootkit – A piece of software designed to allow remote access or control of a computer without alerting the actual computer owner. This allows the rootkit owner virtual control over your computer, with the ability to remotely access and alter files, steal information, and even modify programs (especially security programs) to remain undectected.
- Snowshoe Spam – Like a snowshoe spreads the load over a large area, snowshoe spam spreads its output over a large range of IP addresses and domains, in order to evade detection for as long as possible. Additionally, snowshoe spammers use a large number of fake businesses, names, addresses, and anonymous WHOIS records to remain undetected.
- Spyware – Similar to a rootkit, allowing the malware creator to monitor a user’s keystrokes, computer data, and data entered into online forms.
- Trojan Horse – A type of malware disguised as a legitimate program or application. Once the user installs or otherwise activates the trojan, it has complete access to your computer, and can install rootkits, spyware, ransomware, or almost any other sort of malware.
- Virus – A computer virus is a type of malware that is loaded onto and runs on your computer without your knowledge or consent. Viruses can self-replicate, and often corrupt, delete, or otherwise modify other programs and data. Viruses must be attached to another program, and are installed when that “infected” program is installed or loaded.
- Worm – Computer worms are similar to viruses, with the exception that worms do not have to be attached to a host program. They can spread quickly throughout a computer network with out any user involvement necessary, by using vulnerabilities in operating systems and other programs.
- Zero-day Exploit – A zero-day vulnerability is a security or other flaw in a program that is unknown by the software maker. A zero-day exploit is some form of malware designed to take advantage of that security flaw before a fix or workaround is made public or sometimes even known.