email security

How does Gmail use OTPs for security?

Gmail offers its 425 million plus active users worldwide the ability to strengthen the security of their accounts through “2-step verification” with one-time passwords (OTPs). According to Gmail, “It’s an extra step, but it’s one that significantly improves the security of your Google Account because it requires the powerful combination of both something you know—your username and password—and something that only you should have—your phone.”

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How to Tell If an Email Is a Phishing Scam

As email users grew wary of phishing attempts, cybercriminals have had to change their tactics and their lures. Today, phishers are churning out much more convincing and effective emails. Not only are the most persuasive specimens well-written, they are also often personalized, addressing the recipient by name. In addition, they replicate the look and feel of authentic emails from legitimate businesses down to the fonts, footers, logos and copyright statements those companies use in electronic correspondence with their customers.
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Email Giants Move to Slash 'Phishing'

Email-service providers Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and AOL Inc. are backing a new effort intended to dramatically reduce "phishing" emails—which attempt to trick recipients into thinking they come from a legitimate source. The companies—along with others such as financial-service companies Bank of America Corp., FMR LLC's Fidelity Investments and eBay Inc.'s PayPal—are hoping to create an environment that allows the recipient of an email from, say, a bank, to feel secure that it isn't a trick.
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How can I report a fraud, spam, or identity theft on the Internet?

If you are being phished, spammed, for a criminal is otherwise attempting to commit a crime through email correspondence with you, you should report it to your Internet and email provider. They can also help you to prevent these kinds of attacks in the future. Today most anti-virus programs also include spam protection features. Many national governments also provide help and advice on the Internet, so visit your government's official web site.
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How can I report a fraud, spam, or identity theft on the Internet?

If you are being phished, spammed, or a criminal is otherwise attempting to commit a crime through email correspondence with you, you should report it to your Internet and email provider. They can also help you to prevent these kinds of attacks in the future. If you think you are the victim of identity theft or fraud, you should act quickly and contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by visiting its identity theft Web site, http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/websites/idtheft.html.

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What is spam? spim?

Spam is a slang term for unsolicited commercial email or junk email. Spam and spim are cousins: Spim stands for “Spam over instant messaging," and refers to unsolicited instant messages. Spim not only disrupts your chatting, but can also contain viruses or spyware. You can prevent spim by blocking any messages from sources not on your contact list.  Your Internet and email provider can help you to prevent spam, and today most anti-virus programs include spam protection features.
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What is spam? spim?

Spam is a slang term for unsolicited commercial email or junk email. Spam and spim are cousins: Spim stands for “Spam over instant messaging," and refers to unsolicited instant messages. Spim not only disrupts your chatting, but can also contain viruses or spyware. You can prevent spim by blocking any messages from sources not on your contact list.  Your Internet and email provider can help you to prevent spam, and today most anti-virus programs include spam protection features.
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