Practical Advice for Avoiding Phishing Emails

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

1

WATCH FOR OVERLY GENERIC CONTENT AND GREETINGS
Cyber criminals will send a large batch of emails. Look for examples like “Dear valued customer.”

2

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.

3

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.”

4

CAREFULLY CHECK ALL LINKS
Mouse over the link and see if the destination matches where the email implies you will be taken.

5

NOTICE MISSPELLINGS, INCORRECT GRAMMAR, & ODD PHRASING
This might be a deliberate attempt to try to bypass spam filters.

6

CHECK FOR SECURE WEBSITES
Any webpage where you enter personal information should have a url with https://. The “s” stands for secure.

7

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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