In the age of the internet, technology has become an essential part of everyday business. However, this rise in technology has made it easier for cyber criminals to trick unwitting individuals into providing sensitive information or causing a security breach.
The main method cyber criminals will try to get into your device is through fraudulent email messages, from clicking on an attachment to filling out an online form. To prevent a cyberattack, it’s essential to know how to identify a potential phishing email. While each message will present itself differently, there are certain items to look out for.
Below are some common indicators of a phishing email:
Urgent Messaging. Phishing emails will oftentimes create a false sense of urgency in their subject lines or messages to try and rush you into clicking a link or providing private information.
Unknown sender. Check the domain name of the sender to see if it matches the organization they’re claiming to be from. If the sender is an organization or individual that you’ve never heard of, it’s most likely a phishing email.
Typos and grammatical errors. Phishing emails will typically include spelling or grammatical errors, as it was most likely translated from an inferior software.
Solicit private information. Never give out personal information via email and be wary of emails that ask for passwords or payment information.
If you receive an email message with any of the above, think twice before opening any attachments, clicking any links or replying to the message.
If you believe the email may be work-related, but you’re unsure of its authenticity or the sender, call the sender of the email directly (if known) to verify its legitimacy. You could also reach out to a coworker for advice, but never forward the email. Instead, take a screenshot and send in a separate email.
Being aware and following these tips will help maintain a safe and secure business environment, free of cyberattacks.