Why should you move away from generic email addresses?
Our Trusted Saskatoon IT professionals at Burnt Orange Solutions promise to have a one-hour response time for all your IT support needs. Honesty and respect are important to us. We pride themselves on ensuring our clients understand their IT concerns by providing a straightforward and reliable solution with exceptional service. In our latest IT Tip, owner Gareth discusses reasons to move away from generic email addresses.
Why Move Away from Generic Email Addresses?
The answer is simple – your security.
Generic email addresses are attacked more than most because the hackers know the domain (the bit after the @ sign) exists (eg hotmail, gmail, sasktel). They know there is very likely a sue@hotmail/gmail/sasktel.com, and because of this, they can set their bots to attack Sue.
As this attacking is completed by a bot (a computer program) it can quickly run through 1,000’s of email address from firstname.lastname@example.org to email@example.com, and inside there somewhere is firstname.lastname@example.org or SaskLaw@sasktel.net.
Your email address will be found.
Next, the hackers may send you one or many emails trying to get you to click on links or download files, this is happening all the time. None of the generic email providers provides their clients with anything useful as far as security is concerned.
How Business Emails Protect You
Business grade email services will provide you with state of the art antivirus and spam filters. These services prevent most, if not all, dangerous emails from arriving in your mailbox, preventing your bank account being hacked – or worse!
Many don’t know that they may be also breaking the law by using generic email addresses. More often than not, these email servers are held in the US, this includes SaskTel servers. Any company which holds private or personal information may be liable under either HIPA or PIPEDA in that data must reside in Canada – this especially applies to Law or Medical offices.
Moving to a Business Domain Email
Bottom line, do not use generic email addresses – you look unprofessional, you are less protected, and you may be breaking the law. If you are ready to set up a domain email for your business, the IT experts at Burnt Orange can help!
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- Managed Networks
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