eCards and Online Invitations - Security Tips for You and Your Card Recipients
By Sarah Miller
eCards and Online Invitations have been an enjoyable way to communicate for many years; but, unfortunately, people with malicious intentions have also started using eCards to trick consumers.
Don't worry! Here are some tips to avoiding fake eCards:
- Be wary of emails from people you don't know. Look at the email properties before opening the email and see if you recognize the sender's email address or company name etc.
- An e-card or invitation should never come as a file attachment.
- Never download or click on anything from an unknown source.
- If a link has a web address in it (e.g. www.princetoninfo.com/200707/70718c01.html) you could first go to the main URL (e.g. www.princetoninfo.com) to see if the site appears reputable or, for an even safer option, search for it in Google.
- You should never have to download anything to your computer to view an eCard or invitation.
- Use established greeting card web sites like CorpNote! (OK - I had to put in that plug :)
- Don't forget to update your antivirus and antispyware as well as your Microsoft Windows and Office program security updates.
So, now you know how to avoid opening fake eCards but how do you ensure that people open your real eCards? We have found that eCard senders have more success having their email opened if the eCard recipient
- recognizes your email address
- recognizes your company name
- sees how you know them in your subject line