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Spoofs and Email Management

Spoofing email addresses is so common that you might as well accept the fact that you have to scrutinize every message you get. With our switch to a new Office 365 management portal, many clients have been getting emails allegedly from Microsoft, and some are more obvious spoofs than others. It might be time to look at your email management processes.

Hackers use spoofing as a way to get into your computer or network. They are relying on your carelessness to click a link that allows them to introduce some sort of malware that will give them access to your critical personal or corporate data and your address book or contact list. Once they get in there, they can replicate the same message that snared you and hope they get lucky with a few more careless people.

To clean out the malware, we need to isolate the message to see what the hacker is spreading through your system. We’ve received a number of calls from clients in the past few weeks about problems with spoofing, and our issue has been the size of clients’ email folders. Simply put, when there are 100,000 messages stored in the inbox, finding the spoofed message that caused the problem can be extremely time-consuming.

In all likelihood, you’ve run into a similar problem when trying to find a specific message. Outlook gives you some search parameters for finding any message you may have saved, but because of the way most people search, you get a lot more possibilities, and that still slows down your search. And, of course, the more messages you have stored in one place, the longer it takes your program and you to find the message you want.

Setting up an email management system can make your searches more efficient, and it can also help you or any IT support team isolate a message that might be causing a problem with your system. Again, Outlook has a few tools, but you might want to start by creating a system of subfolders within your inbox. For example, I file all emails by client, and within each client, I file them by the year. That makes it easy to get to a place to find a message I want to retrieve. It’s similar to the way most of you would set up folders for documents, photos and videos, and business records.

Of course, that system is only as good as the effort you put into moving messages to folders. If you suffer from a severe case of email overload, you may want to consider an archiving program that works on the back end of your email program. It can be especially helpful for a business, particularly where employees deal with multiple people from the same organization. For as little as $3 per month, it can set up and execute a system that even isolates people within a company, making it easier for you or anyone in your organization to get to a specific message to resolve any kind of problem – customer service or malware.

While home users may not be concerned with customer service issues, there are times when you need to find a message to resolve a problem, and good organization can make a busy life a little less hectic. We can help you set up set up Outlook folders or find and set up an archiving system that works best for your needs. Give us a call – 973-433-6676 – or email us to discuss your email management issues and explore the most appropriate solutions.