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Zebu Benefits For Non Profit Organizations

It takes hard work and dedication to run a non-profit organization. The tasks are difficult, and stakes are high when you are working for a charity, chamber of commerce, veteran’s foundation or any other type of organization that is set on making an impact in the local or global community. Having to handle donor information and your personal business information makes you a prime target for cyber crime. After all, security and privacy usually don’t show their benefits unless there is a breach. You have contributions to gather, charity events to run, volunteers to prepare, and newsletters to deliver. There’s not a whole lot of time left for thinking about protecting your company’s data. Most non-profit management believe that they would never be targeted by cyber crimes since they are a charity or even depending on their size. Unfortunately, that is exactly why cyber criminals choose the non-profit sector as crucial targets. They use their limited access to resources and low security as a reason why to attack an organization. Cyber criminals can easily have quick access to company information or set up a ransomware attack locking you out of your own network for a price.

Most attacks occur over vulnerable channels such as email. Phishing emails are a difficult problem for organizations that use emails for internal and external communication. By clicking common looking links through emails allow hackers access into your network for them to wreak havoc. Zebu’s messenger allows companies to securely safeguard their internal communication with end to end encryption. To check out a quick intro guide about the importance of end to end encryption click here. Keeping your internal communication within an encrypted platform like Zebu makes your office work more efficient and safer. Also, by transferring important files through Zebu allows you to streamline your online storage in a central place where all employees can safely access it.

Surprisingly encryption policy is written into many organizations’ security policies for a reason. It provides an added level of protection in case a hacker, or even a past employee without the right permissions manages to gain access to a file or email message that wasn’t intended for him or her. Zebu encryption provides an extra layer of protection to your files and messages by scrambling them using a different encryption key, ensuring the maximum possible protection of your data. This makes sharing messages and files both easy and secure.

Let’s say that a cyber criminal somehow gets a hold of your email password, and then gets into your inbox. Cyber criminals will have access to important emails and then can disguise themselves as you to get deeper access into your organization. If you’re using Zebu, the encryption protects your messages and attachments will be unreadable to the hacker unless he or she also has the encryption key. This multi layered defense allows for more protection of sensitive information.

Thankfully Zebu is not in the business of selling, mining and sharing user data while businesses use our platform. Zebu is a service that makes its money on monthly subscriptions only. In addition to this, Zebu offers flexible pricing with inclusive features to get your team started on their journey of security and protection.

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Benefits Of Vpns For Businesses

As more businesses are being targeted for their poor cyber security, business owners need a way to keep their data protected and secure. To help with this, a Virtual Private Network lets you connect to the internet privately and anonymously using a combination of IP masking, data encapsulation, and encryption. A VPN creates a hidden channel that makes it virtually impossible for ISPs, search engines, websites, and advertisers to narrow down your location. Using public Wi-Fi at airports, hotels, malls, and cafes without a VPN is a dangerous plan. Even if you use a password to connect to public Wi-Fi, it's not secure with proper protection. With a little enthusiasm and knowledge, your data can be effortlessly captured, read, or taken by hackers. This includes things like phone calls, emails, conversations, usernames, and passwords. Instead of leaving your data unprotected, a VPN encrypts your internet traffic inside compressed data packets, creating your own private network over public Wi-Fi. With a VPN your data is effectively impossible to view by outside influences, keeping your private information private.

To begin, how often are you or one of your employees working from a cafe, taking advantage of the airport's free Wi-Fi, or otherwise using an unsafe public connection to share files? They are often safeguarded by inadequate security systems and criminals can still manage to steal plenty of vital information. There are two ways a VPN can protect your business and remote employees. First it hides your original IP address and second it encrypts all data that you send to and receive from the Internet. You can now let your staff work from home or wherever they are comfortable because a VPN service can let them do their jobs even out of the office or country while having access to all vital business files without compromising security. You can also anticipate extra efficiency and productivity from your workers because they are doing their tasks at the comfort of their home or location of their choosing.

Furthermore, if you collect information and files from clients, businesses, or patients you can help relieve their worries by using a VPN. Truthfully many of them might not understand what a VPN entails, but a business that took the extra initiative to keep their data secure and safe will increase your trust with your clients. Having extra protection against hackers helps save your clients data and having a data breach over a public network has the potential to be catastrophic to your company’s brand and trust with clients. To add to this, a VPN is a great way to prevent mishaps. It’s not perfect, and it should always be used in combination with the best IT training you have available, but it restricts the possibility for slip ups that can potentially be devastating. A VPN creates a closed structure, and essentially hides your business from intruders who are looking to view the things you’re transmitting over your company’s network.

In addition to this, the cost and setup of this secure technology is relatively inexpensive to run. With a usual flat monthly fee to access the global servers your company will be using to mask their IP address. VPNs have no need for physical infrastructure and implementing a VPN for employees working offsite is a fast, easy, and effective. The typical cost of a VPN is less than $10 per month. A single VPN subscription can support between three and ten devices on the same network.

To conclude, your employees and business information become protected with the use of VPNs and it doesn’t cost your business a fortune to fortify your network. Its really a no brainer for your IT team to consider VPNs across your organization, it creates synergy and protection for the future of your business.

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Duckduckgo: Privacy Simplified

Let’s talk about security. Let’s talk about access. Finally let’s talk about YOUR information. Google tracks your searches and saves every piece of information they find, which is disturbing. For those of you still deciding between other search engines here are 5 reasons why to leave Google behind for DuckDuckGo.

1. Hyper Targeted Ads – You know those banners that follow you around website to website wondering if you are going buy those headphones you searched for last month. This is how Google makes money off YOUR information and search habits. You might think you are immune to these ads; however Google allows advertisers to run countless ads to find the right combination to finally trigger you to purchase said item.

2. Propaganda and Discrimination – Google shows you ads that try to influence your life and social values from your search habits. This allows Google to categorize people into groups to target and narrow down ads. Consequently this encourages discrimination for example allowing advertisers to show jobs and housing to a certain demographic and not others.

3. Filter Bubble - In addition to discrimination, Google controls and manipulates your search results based on what you would click on and filters out the rest. This makes search results and advertisements tailored to you and only you.

4. Google SAVES Everything - Google keeps your search history, browsing history, purchasing history, and location history. Creating a profile of everything you do on the internet. Google is known to share this personal information to governments all across the world for surveillance purposes.

5. It’s Not Worth It – Google is one of most profitable companies in the world all from unethically selling and exploiting your personal information to advertising companies and governments without any consequences.

There are better and more ethical alternatives that don’t violate your rights and privacy. DuckDuckGo believes in your right to search online without trackers and protecting your information from falling into other companies’ hands for their own financial gain. You don’t have to settle for Google’s harmful practices and can protect yourself by getting the privacy you deserve online with DuckDuckGo’s private search engine that blocks advertising trackers.

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Why You Shouldn't Use Emails For Internal Communication

Despite all the advances and changes in online communication channels, email continues to be the dominant tool of choice. But is it really the best option?

Email was built as a simple store and message forwarding tool to facilitate communication between individuals using different type of computers. For the longest time, email has been insecure for many reasons - for example, the lack of two-way password encryption. Because emails are sent using open methods, it makes it one of the most vulnerable access points for hackers to infiltrate a network.

The primary reason that email is not the best form of communication is because emails can be easily accessed by any one with the ability to watch network traffic or access accounts. In addition, email companies such as gmail can access such information and sell it to the highest bidder - for instance, advertisers. Although there's been more clampdown in recent years, email still remains a largely unregulated domain.

There's no denying that email is an efficient way of communication which is why it has remained popular to this day. However being efficient is one thing while being secure is quite another.

At the end of the day, email is routinely the weak link in an organization's security chain.

How Emails are Hacked

The most common ways hackers infiltrate a network system is through phishing and malware. Most individuals and organizations that use email as one of their primary communication channels are unaware that roughly 1% of every email they open has malicious intent. Obviously the intention by cyber criminals is never good which can only mean that they intend to commit fraud, deliver malware or conduct a phishing campaign.

It's essential that CEO's of companies consider such threats as tantamount, and they would be well served to have their IT department take measures tightening their overall networks security.

What is Phishing?

IT departments should regularly educate staff on how hackers operate and why they should flag some emails when they suspect that something is out of order.

Cyber criminals use phishing because it is the easiest form of attack on the Internet. Although prevalently used on emails, phishing has extended to social media as well.

Phishing is when a cyber criminal targets an organization or individual in attempt to get them to do their bidding. They do it through subtle deception such as impersonation of a bosses or colleagues email. Phishing works particularly well in message only forms of communication such as email. They may attempt to alter an account number so that funds are directed to a fraudulent account or try get a password(s) that might compromise a whole organization's network.

A common practice in phishing is also sending an email to one's inbox in hope that an unsuspecting employee will hit the download button. Should that happen, the download would then infect your network with ransomware in hope for immediate profit. By bringing an entire organization's network to a standstill, the hacker then asks for a ransom in order to disinfect the system remotely. Does one pay the exorbitant ransom or hire expensive malware experts to clean the network?

The inconvenience caused and losses incurred can be monumental. It’s better to invest in tools that can effectively prevent a company from falling prey to cyber crime.

A Secure Internal Communication System

Email security breaches are a costly affair. In the United States alone, the cost incurred by organizations and individuals as a result of email breaches can total up to $1.2 billion dollars per year.

With such grave email hacking concerns, Zebu developed an internal communication system with iron clad security that protects company and client information from prying eyes. Zebu is a Canadian start up working to rescue organizations from the deep-seated risks of email hacking.

Email service providers often tout the security measures that they have enforced on your behalf. But truth be told, company data is at their mercy because there’s no mechanism that prevents the email service provider from accessing your data. If anything, B2B service providers has unfettered access to their subscriber's data.

Who's to say that they won’t use that data to their benefit? Zebu on the other hand has sought to develop an internal communication system that facilitates data integrity and provides much needed security for internal hacks as well as external hacks. Zebu even has a system in place that prevents them accessing your information.

Zebu is a 'no knowledge' solution that every company should consider for their internal communication security and efficiency as well. Not only does it provide an effective communication solution, it combines that with scheduling and file management tools that integrate seamlessly with cutting edge encryption technology.

In 2019, the single biggest existential risk to an organization is likely cyber crime. Make sure your organization takes the necessary steps to protect against it.

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Facebook's Surveillance Empire

People have always been worried about government surveillance both internal and abroad, but not many realize that companies like Facebook have surveillance empires of their own.

Facebook is actively expanding its reach into the personal lives of its users and has recently deployed features to their apps to help suit their own surveillance desires in an ever-expanding mission to know everything there is to know about you.

Already today Facebook scans posts after they are uploaded, but as the company moves towards the encrypted and instant communication platforms like WhatsApp, it is aggressively moving towards content filtering directly from user’s phones.

Just this year the company stated that once a user downloads their app they will track the location of their users at all times, all photos on their phone and what they say using the microphone and what pictures they take with their camera.

Right now, if someone wanted to install malware to scan the photos on your phone, to check if you have ever taken screen captures of Facebook properties, or check your calls and voice commands when you mention they would be violating wiretapping laws.

However, because you have agreed to Facebooks terms of service and installed their app Facebook’s on-phone image recognition algorithms will be able to scan your private photo gallery and monitor every image there, including the ones you have never shared. This also includes facial recognition on images you never uploaded to Facebook.

Voice recognition algorithms can also track every mention of Facebook on phone calls and the context it is mentioned in. The microphone could even be on and recording the surroundings 24/7, creating a global surveillance network beyond the most creative conspiracy movies.

Mark Zuckerberg’s empire also demonstrated their intention to harvest unencrypted messages from user’s devices without their knowledge through WhatsApp. Even though messages in Whatsapp are said to be encrypted, the platform will be able to scan and read your messages. They do this by scanning the messages before it is encrypted from the sender’s device or after it has been decrypted on the recipient’s phone.

As a result, Facebook is creating all the necessary backdoors and finding all the legal loopholes they can to satisfy their surveillance desires. Why do they even bother encrypting Whatsapp?

Be very aware of the intent of Facebooks offerings, their services are free and they make money of knowing everything they can about YOU.

This article is intended to show us the truth and to open our eyes to the events that are already happening in the platforms we used to trust and the fact that we need to take better care of our privacy.

Take care.

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We believe that privacy is an essential right. Sadly, tech giants are constantly scanning, reading and sharing our personal information more and more leaving us in a world where online privacy is a rarity.

Zebu provides a platform that protects businesses communication, files, scheduling and more. We are also strong advocates of security and privacy online.

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What Is “zero Knowledge Encryption” And Why Does It Matter?

When you upload something to the cloud or use a piece of software, do you ever find yourself wondering, “who else had access to this?” We trust our software providers and assume our precious files are only shared with the people we’ve chosen, but is this always the case? Sadly, it’s not, which is why it’s important to know about “zero knowledge encryption”. Now, before you go deleting all those Vegas photos in your secret folder, keep reading to learn how you can better understand and manage the security of your information.

What is zero knowledge encryption?

A zero-knowledge solution is so private that not even your service provider or customer support agent can access your information. It’s like a personal storage unit that you and only you have the key to open your unit. The owner of the building sees a bunch of locked units and that’s it. They know nothing and will continue to know nothing unless you share information with them directly. If you take one thing from this blog, let it be this: with zero knowledge encryption, private means private.

Zero-knowledge solutions are unique in a world where a lot of applications and software rely on personal data to be profitable. Certain apps make money off user data like age, gender, relationship status, etc., by selling targeted advertising, or worse, personal info to third parties for who knows what.

Let's relate zero knowledge encryption to something we’re all familiar with: an alarm system. You have a secret passcode to disarm a security system, but is it really secret? Let's say you’re suddenly struck with amnesia and can’t recall your secret code, so you call the security company.

If the security company simply tells you the code, they’re not zero knowledge and your secret code isn’t so secret. When this is the case, you’re trusting every employee of the company to not break into your house. On top of that, you’re trusting the security company is protected from cyber threats. The last thing you need is a computer hacker breaking into your house.

If the security company is zero knowledge, they’ll confirm your identity before allowing you to personally and privately reset your code. Your house and its valuables are much safer this way.

Okay, I get it, but I really trust the people that installed my alarm, so who cares whether they’re zero knowledge? I don’t have a lot of valuable stuff anyways...

Data sales and breaches can and have hurt people

So, you don’t think a zero knowledge software solution is all that important? Here are a few spooky stories that might change your mind:

In 2016, 50 million Uber riders and 7 million drivers had their data breached The tale of Uber’s security breach begins with some nasty hackers who accessed names and phone numbers stored on Uber’s AWS servers. They also grabbed 600,000 license plates from drivers. If your information was stolen, you can bet you’d receive an uptick in spam phone calls. With your license plate number, hackers could find out where you live, make false insurance claims, and file police reports to tie you up in paperwork, too. Terrifying.

Slack had a breach in 2015 and allows corporate espionage

In 2015, hackers got into workplace messaging tool, Slack, and accessed their profile database to pull usernames and passwords. While your digital watercooler talk may not be sensitive information, a hack is a hack and the response should be swift. Instead of addressing it immediately, Slack waited until 2019 to prompt users to reset their passwords. That means hackers could have been lurking your messages – and file attachments – for years!

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In the wrong hands, your data can be used against you in some very serious ways. So now that you’re sufficiently scared, let’s figure out what we can do about it.

So how can you check your software is zero knowledge?

The landscape around data privacy is shifting. All over the world people are realizing the importance of protecting your personal and work information. It’s for those same reasons we here at Zebu take a strong stance when it comes to protecting your sensitive information, we believe that everyone has the right to keep their work and personal lives secure and private. To stay safe online make sure to:

• Check if the service encrypts using no knowledge • Look out for red flags in their terms of service • If it’s mentioned that they share ownership, copy, access or share with 3rd parties, avoid them • Follow these steps to see what some specific companies (Facebook, Google, Apple) have on you

You don’t have to go ballistic and delete your account on every platform storing data on you. Besides, that might not guarantee they erase your data anyway (a topic for another time). What’s important is that you know what you're sharing and what a company can do with that information. The rest is up to you! Keep it in mind the next time you sign up for something or are looking at software for your business.

Encryption Isn’t Just For Spies

When nations are at war, weapons and troops aren’t the only way to win. Knowledge was also extremely powerful. Countries spent an extraordinary amount of effort to intercept the enemy’s message. But once they got it, they couldn’t understand it! Not just because it might have been in another language, but because it was garbled into a strange code. That strange code is our introduction to encryption.

Entire departments were mobilized to break the code and get at those secrets. Codebreaking is another way to talk about decryption. If you’ve heard of The Imitation Game or A Beautiful Mind, those movies tell the stories of some very famous codebreakers.

If we haven’t lost you to a great film yet, we would love to tell you more about encryption. It sounds like something for fancy mathematicians and super nerds, but it’s part of all the everyday things we do with our technology. No wars are being won, but it doesn’t hurt to learn.

Explain encryption to me like I’m five

Encryption is just a way to scramble information. If someone were to get their hands on encrypted information, they’d have no idea what they’re looking at. Decryption is used to turn that scrambled information back into its original format.

Most digital communications, whether it’s accessing a website or putting in your credit card info while checking out of an online store, include some form of encryption. There are two different types, and many different formats within each type of encryption.

Symmetric vs. asymmetric encryption algorithms

The difference between the two types of encryption lies in whether or not the same key is used to encrypt and decrypt the message.

If you’re a master of words, you can probably guess that symmetric encryption uses the same key to scramble and unscramble the encrypted information. These methods are usually much faster, but you also have to pass the key along to the recipient, which could make managing its security more difficult. One of the popular formats for symmetric encryption that you may see tossed around is AES (Advanced Encryption Standard). It’s used in a ton of things like WinZip and WhatsApp.

Asymmetric encryption will use two different keys: a public one and a private one. They keys are related together through the same encryption algorithm, and one is used to encrypt while the other decrypts. Because there’s more than one key, asymmetric encryption can take longer. But asymmetric encryption also provides additional security because you can pass information to complete strangers without ever needing to share your own private key. A popular format you may hear about is RSA which is commonly used for web browsers and VPNs.

That’s cool and all, but why should I care?

The first thing that matters is that you’re using tools, apps, and programs that use encryption. Seeing that word is a good step in keeping your information, messages, images, and files secure and private.

Then you look to what kind of encryption is used and how strong it is. As a general rule of thumb, you shouldn’t settle for anything less than the following protocols: - AES with a 256-bit key - RSA with a 2048-bit key - ECDH

If a company won’t tell you what encryption protocol they’re using, that should be a red flag. They should be proud to support their encryption methods and talk about them. Our software is zero knowledge and uses ECDH encryption, so we can’t look at your messages, files, and meetings and neither can a quantum computer!

Facebook's Surveillance Empire

People have always been worried about government surveillance both internal and abroad, but not many realize that companies like Facebook have surveillance empires of their own.

Facebook is actively expanding its reach into the personal lives of its users and has recently deployed features to their apps to help suit their own surveillance desires in an ever-expanding mission to know everything there is to know about you.

Already today Facebook scans posts after they are uploaded, but as the company moves towards the encrypted and instant communication platforms like WhatsApp, it is aggressively moving towards content filtering directly from user’s phones.

Just this year the company stated that once a user downloads their app they will track the location of their users at all times, all photos on their phone and what they say using the microphone and what pictures they take with their camera.

Right now, if someone wanted to install malware to scan the photos on your phone, to check if you have ever taken screen captures of Facebook properties, or check your calls and voice commands when you mention they would be violating wiretapping laws.

However, because you have agreed to Facebooks terms of service and installed their app Facebook’s on-phone image recognition algorithms will be able to scan your private photo gallery and monitor every image there, including the ones you have never shared. This also includes facial recognition on images you never uploaded to Facebook.

Voice recognition algorithms can also track every mention of Facebook on phone calls and the context it is mentioned in. The microphone could even be on and recording the surroundings 24/7, creating a global surveillance network beyond the most creative conspiracy movies.

Mark Zuckerberg’s empire also demonstrated their intention to harvest unencrypted messages from user’s devices without their knowledge through WhatsApp. Even though messages in Whatsapp are said to be encrypted, the platform will be able to scan and read your messages. They do this by scanning the messages before it is encrypted from the sender’s device or after it has been decrypted on the recipient’s phone.

As a result, Facebook is creating all the necessary backdoors and finding all the legal loopholes they can to satisfy their surveillance desires. Why do they even bother encrypting Whatsapp?

Be very aware of the intent of Facebooks offerings, their services are free and they make money of knowing everything they can about YOU.

This article is intended to show us the truth and to open our eyes to the events that are already happening in the platforms we used to trust and the fact that we need to take better care of our privacy.

Take care.

About us

We believe that privacy is an essential right. Sadly, tech giants are constantly scanning, reading and sharing our personal information more and more leaving us in a world where online privacy is a rarity.

Zebu provides a platform that protects businesses communication, files, scheduling and more. We are also strong advocates of security and privacy online.

Benefits Of Vpns For Businesses

As more businesses are being targeted for their poor cyber security, business owners need a way to keep their data protected and secure. To help with this, a Virtual Private Network lets you connect to the internet privately and anonymously using a combination of IP masking, data encapsulation, and encryption. A VPN creates a hidden channel that makes it virtually impossible for ISPs, search engines, websites, and advertisers to narrow down your location. Using public Wi-Fi at airports, hotels, malls, and cafes without a VPN is a dangerous plan. Even if you use a password to connect to public Wi-Fi, it's not secure with proper protection. With a little enthusiasm and knowledge, your data can be effortlessly captured, read, or taken by hackers. This includes things like phone calls, emails, conversations, usernames, and passwords. Instead of leaving your data unprotected, a VPN encrypts your internet traffic inside compressed data packets, creating your own private network over public Wi-Fi. With a VPN your data is effectively impossible to view by outside influences, keeping your private information private.

To begin, how often are you or one of your employees working from a cafe, taking advantage of the airport's free Wi-Fi, or otherwise using an unsafe public connection to share files? They are often safeguarded by inadequate security systems and criminals can still manage to steal plenty of vital information. There are two ways a VPN can protect your business and remote employees. First it hides your original IP address and second it encrypts all data that you send to and receive from the Internet. You can now let your staff work from home or wherever they are comfortable because a VPN service can let them do their jobs even out of the office or country while having access to all vital business files without compromising security. You can also anticipate extra efficiency and productivity from your workers because they are doing their tasks at the comfort of their home or location of their choosing.

Furthermore, if you collect information and files from clients, businesses, or patients you can help relieve their worries by using a VPN. Truthfully many of them might not understand what a VPN entails, but a business that took the extra initiative to keep their data secure and safe will increase your trust with your clients. Having extra protection against hackers helps save your clients data and having a data breach over a public network has the potential to be catastrophic to your company’s brand and trust with clients. To add to this, a VPN is a great way to prevent mishaps. It’s not perfect, and it should always be used in combination with the best IT training you have available, but it restricts the possibility for slip ups that can potentially be devastating. A VPN creates a closed structure, and essentially hides your business from intruders who are looking to view the things you’re transmitting over your company’s network.

In addition to this, the cost and setup of this secure technology is relatively inexpensive to run. With a usual flat monthly fee to access the global servers your company will be using to mask their IP address. VPNs have no need for physical infrastructure and implementing a VPN for employees working offsite is a fast, easy, and effective. The typical cost of a VPN is less than $10 per month. A single VPN subscription can support between three and ten devices on the same network.

To conclude, your employees and business information become protected with the use of VPNs and it doesn’t cost your business a fortune to fortify your network. Its really a no brainer for your IT team to consider VPNs across your organization, it creates synergy and protection for the future of your business.

Why You Shouldn't Use Emails For Internal Communication

Despite all the advances and changes in online communication channels, email continues to be the dominant tool of choice. But is it really the best option?

Email was built as a simple store and message forwarding tool to facilitate communication between individuals using different type of computers. For the longest time, email has been insecure for many reasons - for example, the lack of two-way password encryption. Because emails are sent using open methods, it makes it one of the most vulnerable access points for hackers to infiltrate a network.

The primary reason that email is not the best form of communication is because emails can be easily accessed by any one with the ability to watch network traffic or access accounts. In addition, email companies such as gmail can access such information and sell it to the highest bidder - for instance, advertisers. Although there's been more clampdown in recent years, email still remains a largely unregulated domain.

There's no denying that email is an efficient way of communication which is why it has remained popular to this day. However being efficient is one thing while being secure is quite another.

At the end of the day, email is routinely the weak link in an organization's security chain.

How Emails are Hacked

The most common ways hackers infiltrate a network system is through phishing and malware. Most individuals and organizations that use email as one of their primary communication channels are unaware that roughly 1% of every email they open has malicious intent. Obviously the intention by cyber criminals is never good which can only mean that they intend to commit fraud, deliver malware or conduct a phishing campaign.

It's essential that CEO's of companies consider such threats as tantamount, and they would be well served to have their IT department take measures tightening their overall networks security.

What is Phishing?

IT departments should regularly educate staff on how hackers operate and why they should flag some emails when they suspect that something is out of order.

Cyber criminals use phishing because it is the easiest form of attack on the Internet. Although prevalently used on emails, phishing has extended to social media as well.

Phishing is when a cyber criminal targets an organization or individual in attempt to get them to do their bidding. They do it through subtle deception such as impersonation of a bosses or colleagues email. Phishing works particularly well in message only forms of communication such as email. They may attempt to alter an account number so that funds are directed to a fraudulent account or try get a password(s) that might compromise a whole organization's network.

A common practice in phishing is also sending an email to one's inbox in hope that an unsuspecting employee will hit the download button. Should that happen, the download would then infect your network with ransomware in hope for immediate profit. By bringing an entire organization's network to a standstill, the hacker then asks for a ransom in order to disinfect the system remotely. Does one pay the exorbitant ransom or hire expensive malware experts to clean the network?

The inconvenience caused and losses incurred can be monumental. It’s better to invest in tools that can effectively prevent a company from falling prey to cyber crime.

A Secure Internal Communication System

Email security breaches are a costly affair. In the United States alone, the cost incurred by organizations and individuals as a result of email breaches can total up to $1.2 billion dollars per year.

With such grave email hacking concerns, Zebu developed an internal communication system with iron clad security that protects company and client information from prying eyes. Zebu is a Canadian start up working to rescue organizations from the deep-seated risks of email hacking.

Email service providers often tout the security measures that they have enforced on your behalf. But truth be told, company data is at their mercy because there’s no mechanism that prevents the email service provider from accessing your data. If anything, B2B service providers has unfettered access to their subscriber's data.

Who's to say that they won’t use that data to their benefit? Zebu on the other hand has sought to develop an internal communication system that facilitates data integrity and provides much needed security for internal hacks as well as external hacks. Zebu even has a system in place that prevents them accessing your information.

Zebu is a 'no knowledge' solution that every company should consider for their internal communication security and efficiency as well. Not only does it provide an effective communication solution, it combines that with scheduling and file management tools that integrate seamlessly with cutting edge encryption technology.

In 2019, the single biggest existential risk to an organization is likely cyber crime. Make sure your organization takes the necessary steps to protect against it.