Email phishing continues to increase in volume – in both business emails and personal emails. This entry provides more information on phishing and what you can do to protect yourself.
What is phishing?
Phishing is a form of cyber attack where an attacker is trying to trick a victim into providing sensitive information. The attacker is hoping with that information to then get user credentials, gain access to a network, commit data theft or even carry out a ransomware attack.
Signs of a phishing email
This is where it can be tricky. Attackers continue to get more sophisticated and design messages looking more real. The following are common signs of phishing scams.
- General greetings – instead of directly calling you by your name the email will read something like “Dear Customer,” “Dear Sir,” or “Dear Account Holder.”
- Incorrect grammar or spelling – grammar mistakes and spelling errors are common. Also watch for poor writing.
- Asked to verify your account – a legitimate organization you do business with will not ask you to verify your account. This is a trick to get you to click on a link and provide information.
- Cybersquatting – attackers will purchase website names similar to official websites Examples may be amaz0n.com or goggle.com. Be sure the domain is real before quickly clicking.
- Prize winner – a popular phishing technique is to tell you that you’ve won a prize. Attackers want you to click a link and give up information about yourself.
- Lies or threats – phishing emails may be designed to scare you by stating your account has been compromised or breached. This is a trick to get you to reveal information.
Prevent phishing emails
These best practices will help reduce the chances of falling victim to a phishing email.
- Do not share personal information – personal information and confidential information such as passwords, bank account information or social security numbers should never be communicated via email.
- Security software – use a security software system and make sure it is updated often.
- Multi-factor authentication – require two credentials to access an account. This makes it significantly harder for attackers to gain access to your accounts.
- Back up data – backing up data regularly will help your business continue operations should an attacker gain access.
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