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How to Spot a Fake Email, Part 2: The Anatomy of a Scam

In our post on how to spot a fake email, we covered some easy ways to identify the spams, scams and spoofs that inevitably land in your inbox.

But it’s not easy to write one post covering everything. And it’s not uncommon for us to receive a few reports a day from our clients of scamming: there’s a lot of it out there, much of it increasingly hard to identify.

That’s why we’re going to break it down further today and take you through the anatomy of a scam email.

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Office Life

How To Regain Control of Your Inbox

Remember the days when your inbox was all shiny and new and empty? When every email arrived with an excited “ping” and you enthusiastically dove in to read and reply? 

Us neither.

Let’s face it, most inboxes nowadays are more like tentacled sea-monsters. They have you in their grasp, not the other way around. They’re uncontrollable. They’re scary.

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Security

Why Use Multi-Factor Authentication?

As we move increasingly towards online services, securing your account is more important than ever.

While computer viruses still exist, they’re no longer the route of choice for hackers to get control of your data. Instead, the prevalence of online services means that the bad guys are targeting your cloud services, such as your email and file storage.

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Office Life

Hitting Refresh: How To Take Effective Work Breaks

What do your work breaks look like?

Do you gobble down a sandwich with one hand while typing with the other and call it a lunch “break”?

Do you get away from your desk but stay glued to your phone?

Because here’s the thing: not all breaks are created equal.

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Best practices

How Safe Is Your Fish Tank?

What on earth is this one about, I hear you ask? The Internet Of Things, that’s what; those millions of things that connect to the internet, like your home central heating, your toaster, webcams, children’s toys and yes, even fish tanks, allowing them to send you messages and alerts, or to be controlled and managed from your smartphone.

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Best practices

Better Web Privacy – Browsers, Trackers & Blockers

Surfing the web in private is a minefield.

Everywhere you go, something is watching you, tracking your search results and the pages you visit.

And more often than not the goal is to target you with advertising based on the things that you’re probably interested in (probable because hey, that’s what you’ve been looking at isn’t it?)

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Office Life

Trip planning? Try these 5 must-have travel apps.

If you’re in charge of booking staff travel, you know all too well how time-consuming it can be. 

How do you find a flight that gets there on time and in budget? How do you search multiple airlines and booking platforms at the same time? 

How do you avoid sneaky fees, confusing information and misleading quotes? And how do you keep track of all the travel details once everything is booked?

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Security

Is it ever a good idea to share office passwords?

At first glance the answer is obvious. No, of course we should never share our passwords, why would we? 

I agree and yet, here’s an oddity: we often encounter small companies where password sharing is common. It may not be obvious at first but with a little digging the practice turns out to be the norm. 

In fact, anecdotally, I would say offices in which some degree of password sharing goes on are more common than those that absolutely ban it.

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Security

Cyber Essentials: is it worth it?

For some companies, Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus certification is a must-have. Usually this is because their position in the supply chain—e.g. supplying to central or local government—dictates that they must have it.  But, for the rest of us, is it worth it? Certification against any standard usually looks like a lot of effort.

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