One way companies are attacked by cybercriminals are through an unfortunate phenomenon known as phishing emails. These emails are made to look like real organizations, companies, services, government agencies, and more. In these emails, the sender will ask the recipient to click on a link that will take them to a new webpage to confirm both personal data and company data. Once the information is stolen, hackers can then create their own user credentials, or they can install harmful malware onto your device or network to steal sensitive data. There is plenty you can do to recognize a scary phishing email, so you know how to avoid a possible data breach. Read on to learn more!
Real Businesses Don’t Request Sensitive Information via Phishing Email
Chances are, if you receive an email from an organization that provides a link or attachment that asks you to give away sensitive information, it is a phishing scam. Any legitimate companies or organizations will not send you an email asking for sensitive login information, credit card information, social security numbers, or credit scores, nor will they send you a link that you will need to log in properly.
Real Businesses Will Call You by Name
Phishing emails will usually use generic greetings like “dear valued customer,” “dear member,” or “dear account holder.” If a business you work with requires information regarding your account, the email would typically call you by your name and direct you to get in touch with them through the phone. But, a handful of hackers avoid the situation as a whole. This is common with advertisements as well.
Actual Organizations Have Domain Emails, not Phishing Emails
Do not check the name of the person who sent you that sketchy email. Check their email address by hovering your computer’s mouse over the “from” address. Make sure there aren’t any alterations, like any extra numbers or letters. Check out the differences between an actual email with a domain.
Real Businesses Know How to Spell Correctly
Quite possibly, the best way to recognize a phishing email is through poor grammar. An email from a real business should be written well. Small known fact, there is actually a purpose behind any bad syntax. Hackers aren’t idiots. They prey on those who are uneducated, thinking they are not as observant. If an email has spelling mistakes, even just one, ignore it and report it to your organization’s IT team.
Real Organizations Won’t Force You onto Their Website
Sometimes phishing emails are coded as one significant hyperlink. Therefore, real clicking or deliberately anywhere within the emails can open a fake web link or download spam onto your device. Try to avoid this at all costs. Otherwise, you might be compromising both your business and personal network security.
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