Learn to Spot Phishing Email | Good Email Hygiene
Avoid the spread of ransomware by learning to avoid malicious emails. Most phishing attacks can be stopped with a little diligence and awareness. Don’t let one bad click bring down your company!
Can you spot…
…use of a trusted name?
…an almost legitimate sender address?
…a generic greeting?
…attempts to create urgency?
…a suspicious attachment?
…a malicious link?
…generally unprofessional look and feel?
Train for phishing awareness
WATCH FOR GENERIC CONTENT AND GREETINGS
Greetings like “Dear valued customer” or “Important client” are a bad sign. If you or your company isn’t identified by name at the beginning of the email, be suspicious.
NOTICE MISSPELLINGS, INCORRECT GRAMMAR, & ODD PHRASING
Phishing emails from other countries (which is the majority of them) often contain poor grammar and misspelled words.
URGENCY IS THEIR MOST POWERFUL TOOL
Scammers have known this for ages: if you make someone panic or hurry, it’s much easier to make them slip up.
MANUALLY CHECK ALL LINKS
Mouse over every link to check the URL you’ll be sent to. If you don’t know for sure that it’s safe, don’t take the chance.
EXAMINE THE SENDER’S EMAIL ADDRESS
Scammers use email addresses that look almost like legitimate email servers. Be wary of addresses like “@microsoft.custsupport.com” or “@ups-service.com”
ONLY INPUT DATA ON SECURE WEBSITES
Any webpage where you enter personal information should have a url beginning with https://.
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