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It’s that time of year when it’s easy to become complacent and let our email etiquette slip. Coming back from a festive lunch (drink or even dinner) you decide to clear the email backlog and are in a frivolous mood. Then there are all those Santa hats and jumpers you wear.
To some extent they are OK because they are here today and gone tomorrow and few remembers what you were wearing a week ago. However, like a puppy and kitten, an email is for life despite your best endeavours to recall it!
Here are five top tips on business email etiquette to preserve your professional image when all about you are losing their heads.
- Never email under the influence of drink (before, during or after Christmas) when your judgement and vision could be impaired.
- Delay sending any emails by two minutes. Either manually save them as drafts or write a rule to delay sending by two minutes.
- Add a sentence of best wishes, by all means but that’s it. Keep to your usual professional greeting and sign off. Leave all the cosy ones for social emails (eg Hiya, kisses and emoticons).
- Keep you Out of Office message safe and simple. Give away as little information to prying eyes as possible. Be bold, tell senders that all your emails are being deleted over the festive break and to resend anything important on your return.
- Be extra vigilant about any unfamiliar emails from both unknown senders and existing contacts where the email has an unusual subject-line/content. They may have been hacked and the hackers are now extending their tentacles. Such unusual emails nearly always are either taking you to bogus websites to capture your personal details or the start of a cyber attack.
You might also want to avoid letting colleagues (and friends) post images of you on their social media sites with those fun hats etc. Although you can delete your posts, you do not not have control over other people’s sites. 2018 might be when you look for a new job and recruiters often look in depth at candidates internet foot prints before making a judgement.
Tags: business email etiquette, cybercrime, Professional image
Even prior to the TalkTalk hack, password protection and the on going stream of email spoofs were a significant focus of the last few months. The latter are always phishing to relieve you very cheaply and easily of your hard earned money.
- TalkTalk’s was hacked by a 15 year old. The number of customers’ financial information stolen might be less than expected. But it reveals just how vulnerable such websites are to the determined hacker.
- The worst fifteen hacks – it’s to early to know the full extent of the TalkTalk hack and whether or not it ranks in the top twenty worst cyber crimes. Here is the list thus far.
- Password protection. There are a number of good password protection applications. Here is a useful summary of the best of the bunch.
- Spotting spam emails still seems to defy some. This is a very good reminder of the key signs that the email you think is genuine is not.
- Out of office messages are a two fold hazard. They act as a cheap backdoor to cyber criminals and an excuse to take a peek at emails whilst technically on leave.
Tags: Articles of note, cybercrime, out of office message, password protection, Spam, Spoof emails, TalkTalk
Here are the articles and blogs which caught our attention in October.
- Debrett’s misguided use of Bcc etiquette with a reply from Dr Seeley on the correct time and place to use bcc rather than To and cc.
- Three approaches to reducing email overload – guest post by Michael Einstein on why changing organisational email culture is so crucial.
- Defend yourself: the police can’t cope with cybercrime. The police can no longer cope with the scale of on-line fraud. The City of London’s chief Police Commissioner urges users to act more responsibly.
- Cybercrime battling a growth industry. Cybercrime is estimated to cost industry over $400bn. A review of sources and strategies to tackle cyber crime.
- New Ponemon report shows cyber crime on the rise. Cybercrime is estimated to be rising by 10% per year.
- That itch to check your inbox is only human. Its the marshmallow syndrome all over again, or is it?
- How tech is changing the way we think and what we think about. An off the wall look into the future from Clive Thomson author of ‘Smarter Than you Think’.
What have we missed. What did you read which caught you eye?
Tags: bcc, Clive Thomson, cyber crime, cybercrime, Debrett's, email culture, email etiquette, email overload, Michael Einstein, Ponemon