Know what to look for to protect yourself!
Phishing emails require one thing to be successful: someone to take the bate. With Microsoft reporting yet another phishing attack orchestrated by Russian hackers, now is a good time to review the features of a phishing email so you don’t fall victim!
Scroll down for “20 Seconds to Better Email Hygiene.”
20 SECONDS TO BETTER EMAIL HYGIENE
WATCH FOR OVERLY GENERIC CONTENT AND GREETINGS
Cyber criminals will send a large batch of emails. Look for examples like “Dear valued customer.”
EXAMINE THE ENTIRE FROM EMAIL ADDRESS
The first part of the email address may be legitimate but the last part might be off by letter or may include a number in the usual domain.
LOOK FOR URGENCY OR DEMANDING ACTIONS
“You’ve won! Click here to redeem prize,” or “We have your browser history pay now or we are telling your boss.”
CAREFULLY CHECK ALL LINKS
Mouse over the link and see if the destination matches where the email implies you will be taken.
NOTICE MISSPELLINGS, INCORRECT GRAMMAR, & ODD PHRASING
This might be a deliberate attempt to try to bypass spam filters.
CHECK FOR SECURE WEBSITES
Any webpage where you enter personal information should have a url with https://. The “s” stands for secure.
DON’T CLICK ON ATTACHMENTS RIGHT AWAY
Attachments containing viruses might have an intriguing message encouraging you to open them such as “Here is the Schedule I promised.”
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