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What is Phishing?

This is Phishing. It’s a method hackers use to trick you into giving your account information and personal data. Hackers can then create new user credentials or inject malware (such as backdoors) into the system to steal sensitive information.

SEE ALSO Examples of common Phishing attempts

Today’s phishing emails don’t often begin with “Salutations From the Son of the Deposed Prince of Nigeria …” and it is becoming more difficult to tell a fake from a verified email. Many emails have subtle clues that they are scammy. These seven email phishing examples will help you identify a malicious email and ensure your email security.

1. Legit companies don’t request your sensitive information via email

You may receive an unwelcome email from an institution asking for sensitive information. Many companies won’t send you emails asking for passwords, credit card numbers, tax numbers, or credit scores. They will also not send you a link that you will need to log in.

 2. Legitimate companies will often call you by your first name

Phishing emails use generic salutations like “Dear valued customer,” “Dear account owner,” or “Dear customer.”

Some hackers just skip the salutation entirely. This is particularly common for advertisements. This phishing email is an example of this. It is almost perfect in every way. How would you identify it as malicious?

This email is very convincing. The clue for me was the email domain. You can read more about that below.

3. Domain emails are only for legitimate companies

You don’t have to just look at the sender’s name. You can check their email address by hovering over the “from” address. You should ensure that no alterations have been made (e.g., additional numbers or letters). Check out the difference between these two email addresses as an example of altered emails: michelle@paypal.com michelle@paypal23.com Just remember, this isn’t a foolproof method. Some companies send emails from unique domains, while others use third-party email providers.

4. Legitimate companies are skilled at spelling

Bad grammar is the best way to identify a fraudulent email. A legitimate email should be written well. The bad syntax is a little-known fact. Hackers aren’t usually stupid. Hackers prey on the uninformed believing they are less aware and therefore easier targets.

5. Legitimate companies won’t force their clients to visit their site.

Sometimes, phishing emails contain a hyperlink. Clicking on a link in an email can open a fake website or download spam to your computer, so don’t click anywhere else

 6. Legitimate companies won’t send unsolicited attachments

Hackers are known to send unsolicited email attachments. Most often, legitimate institutions won’t send you uninvited emails with attachments. Instead, they direct you to their website where you can download files or documents.

This method, like the ones above, isn’t foolproof. Sometimes, companies will email you information such as white papers, which may need to be downloaded. Be aware of high-risk attachment file formats such as.exe and.SCR. If in doubt, you can contact the company using contact information from their website.

7.Links from legitimate companies match legit URLs

A link that says it will take you to one location does not necessarily mean it is. Double-check URLs. Double-check URLs. If the link in the text is not identical to the URL displayed when the cursor hovers above the link, it’s a sure sign that you will be taken directly to a site you don’t want. Don’t trust a hyperlink’s URL if it doesn’t look right or isn’t in the context of the email. You can increase security by hovering over embedded links without clicking! Make sure the link starts with HTTPS ://.

It doesn’t really matter if your security system is the best in the world. One untrained employee can fall for a phishing attack, and expose the sensitive data you have worked hard to protect. You and your employees should be familiar with these email phishing examples as well as the warning signs that a phishing attack is taking place.

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