We recommend reading and sharing our tips for detecting a phishing email to reduce the risk of infecting your workstation or network with malicious software.
Cyber criminals might send an email that looks legitimate, known as a phishing email, but you can take steps to avoid the traps.
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 links destination matches where the email implies you will be taken.
5. Notice misspellings, incorrect grammar and odd phrasing
This might be 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
Virus containing attachments might have an intriguing message encouraging you to open them such as “Here is the Schedule I promised.”
All of these points are available here in our downloadable and distributable guide.