|[April 04, 2012]
With Tax Season Underway, AppRiver Cautions U.S. Taxpayers to Guard Against Phishing and Malware Attacks
GULF BREEZE, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
AppRiver, LLC, a leading provider of email messaging and Web
security solutions, today released its latest Threat and Spamscape
report as well as a new video offering taxpayers advice on how to
safeguard against cyber scams while filing taxes online.
AppRiver's Threat and Spamscape report traces and analyzes the spam and
malware trends prevalent on the Internet. According to Fred Touchette,
report author and senior security analyst at AppRiver, 84 percent of all
email traffic surveyed in the month of March was spam.
"With billions of dollars changing hands online, tax season is primetime
for Internet scams," said Touchette. "The best defense for taxpayers is
multilayered security that includes anti-virus software, email and Web
filtering, and a strong firewall. Those tools, along with some good
common sense, are the keys to keeping your money safe."
A key highlight from the report describes how scammers exploit tax
season by targeting tax preparers. Throughout the past several weeks,
for example, cyber criminals have utilized the "Blackhole"
toolkit to send virus-laden emails purportedly from the Better
Business Bureau (BBB) as well as Intuit (News - Alert), a company known for their
accounting software. With convincing graphics and formatting, messages
warned recipients of accounting profesionals who were engaging in
fraudulent filing practices, details of which were viewable in an
attached PDF file. In reality, the attachment was a link to a website
To avoid becoming a victim of a tax scam, Touchette shares these best
Online fraudsters (a.k.a. "phishers") will attempt to contact
taxpayers via email, whereas the IRS will never initiate contact with
a taxpayer through email.
The IRS will never ask for PIN numbers or credit card information via
Never click on a link, or an attachment, from an unsolicited email.
Never conduct unsecured transactions that include any account or
password information over public hotspots, such as airports, hotels,
libraries, restaurants, cafes, or other locations that offer free
Always completely log out of sensitive sites. It is possible for an
attacker to hijack a browsing session that has been left open.
Avoid using the same computer your children use. A good portion of
online scams target today's youth, which often infects machines.
Remain vigilant and try to use simple logic - if it seems too good to
be true, and is sitting in your inbox, delete it.
Before entering sensitive information into a website, look for the
security padlock symbol.
Create strong passwords by choosing passwords that are complex and
utilize a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and
It is perhaps online behavior that bears the most scrutiny. Mitigating
your risk through the use of a security
suite that includes email and Web filtering solutions is essential.
To read more of the report, please visit: http://www.appriver.com/resources/spam-and-threatscape-reports/april2012.aspx.
AppRiver is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS (News - Alert)) provider offering
award-winning email and Web security solutions to businesses of all
sizes. Understanding the need to protect networks from today's
increasingly complex IT threats, AppRiver offers businesses a
comprehensive, yet affordable subscription-based solution that
incorporates the latest spam and virus protection, email encryption and
Web security on the market. In addition, the company provides a complete
managed service for Microsoft (News - Alert) Exchange, as well as a bundled Office 365
solution. Since its inception, AppRiver has sustained an impressive 93%
customer retention rate while growing its customer base to more than
45,000 companies and over 8 million mailboxes worldwide. The company is
led by an Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year award winner,
and has been identified as a Top 20 Cloud Security Vendor in 2011 by
Everything Channel's CRN magazine. For more information, please visit www.appriver.com.
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