Email has become such an essential part of life that many people now choose to send a message rather than make a phone call. It's a means to stay in touch with friends, communicate with colleagues, receive order confirmations when you shop online, read e-newsletters and find out about promotions from companies you trust. In fact, millions of emails are sent every second around the world filled with personal information, providing a rich source of information for cyber criminals.

What are the risks?

Email is one of the easiest ways for cyber criminals to target ordinary citizens. So, as with anything in life, if something seems suspicious, go with your instincts. A good rule of thumb is to automatically delete anything that looks out of the ordinary. If the email was actually from someone you know, they'll either try again or find another way to get in touch with you.

Here are a few risks to always be aware of when it comes to your email:

Find out how to protect yourself online.

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