Overcoming an Email Crisis

Using email, by its very nature, will put your device in contact with a less than friendly side of computing. Spam, junk-mail, and malware actually compose the majority of the Internet’s email traffic, and opening the wrong email can bear disastrous consequences. Most email systems use processing algorithms to examine emails when they come in and do an excellent job of putting dangerous and wasteful messages in the junk folders. However, when a contact’s email account has been hacked, or a particularly well formulated piece of malware comes through attached to an email, it can be all but impossible to avoid opening a damaging file. If you find yourself in this situation, facing an email crisis on your email platform, there are several ways you can respond that will minimize your risk and repair your loss.

If you are using an online login to access your email like Gmail, Yahoomail, or one of the other host of browser accessed email platforms, your primary concern is going to be informing your contacts of the danger. This is because these email tools operate and store their data away from your computer, and have their own internal protocols for insuring the safety of your stored data. Informing your contacts to be wary of emails coming from your account will prevent the malware from spreading. The next issue will be troubleshooting the nature and extent of the damage, which with modern anti-virus tools that are likely already installed on your computer shouldn’t be an overly troubling prospect.

If you run an email system that you can interact with offline and that stores its information on our computer, the procedural response to a malware intrusion is different. The most common of these would be Microsoft Outlook. If you begin to suspect file corruption is occurring within your Microsoft outlook account as the result of malware, again you have the responsibility of informing your contacts to be on the alert. Outlook also stores your files on your computer, so this information could possibly be affected by malware. Your contacts, calendars, saved emails, and anything stored in Microsoft Outlook are all subject to damage. The best way to recover from this is an Outlook repair tool. Installing this program and running it can recover whatever data may have been lost or damaged as the result of malware and return your outlook account to pristine condition. All types of .pst files and other aspects of Outlook like calendars and meetings can be quickly repaired with this tool.

Alan Chen is President and Chairman of DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including word recovery, excel repair, outlook repair and sql recovery software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com.

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