Webmail Security Concerns as Cyber Crime Rises
Virginia (PRWEB) June 17, 2011
Internet security is a growing concern among consumers. Hotmail, among other free webmail providers do not offer the security necessary to ensure a user’s personal and financial safety. Recently, there have been more than a few high profile cases of cyber-security breaches. In the month of June alone many prominent agencies and corporations have been hacked, among those are: the International Monetary Fund, Sony Inc. (For a second time), Citigroup, and personal US Government employee emails.
So who are these hackers? They are Chinese government workers, they are amateur high school level teens, they are social hacking rings, they are professional thieves, and they are virtually anything the imagination can conjure. The reason the demographics for this type of crime is so diverse is because it honestly does not take much to collect a person’s personal data and enter it into a system.
According to a report* from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), hacking statistics continue to increase, proving the ongoing need for computer security. In 2009, the total number of complaints filed with the IC3 has increased more than 22%.
Since 2000, when the IC3 was formed in cooperation with the FBI, hacking statistics have continued to rise with the exception of a slight decline in 2006 & 2007. This is not surprising considering that more functions are now available online, and an increasing amount of sensitive information is now stored electronically. And while there are computer security measures and network security components in place to protect against hacking, new viruses and ways of stealing information are constantly evolving.
Not surprisingly, computer hacking can be incredibly lucrative. In fact, the monetary damage reported to the IC3 for the most recent year was a staggering $ 559.7 million dollars. If you divide that amount by the number of complaints (336,655), the average computer hacking incident ends up costing its victim over $ 1,600. And that doesn’t include the time and aggravation of recovering your computer system from being hacked – if it is salvageable at all.
The good news is that Alternative Fuse has implemented features which secure a web mail login in a number of ways. Firstly, there is IP tracking which directly notify the user if a multiple login has occurred. In fact, that IP address can be tracked and reported to authorities. Secondly, secure services like Hushmail charge a fee of typically $ 50 USD annually and provide severely limited storage, while Alternative Fuse is predominately free, and provides unlimited storage.
In the almost a year that Alternative Fuse has been in existence, it has received no reported incidents of theft, hacks or malicious scam. The moderators work around the clock ensuring a secure network. There is a support forum to discuss current events and issues. Contacting admin is easy and efficient especially considering it is free. For more information about the secure webmail network visit: alternativefuse.com.
*IC3 Internet Crime Report (See attachment)
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