It’s a good idea to learn how to identify phishing emails before you get hit. If you see a link or email that looks suspicious, please don’t click on it or open it. External phishing attacks are getting more sophisticated, which is making it harder to determine what is real and what‘s a phish.
Phishing is an attempt to acquire personal information such as usernames, passwords, security codes and credit cards by acting as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. The actual word phishing is a take-off on fishing due to the similarity of using fake bait in an attempt to catch a victim.
Here are a few things to look for to identify threats:
Links in emails to fake sites
The sender’s intent is to trick you into revealing your password and login information. That way they can steal your personal information or gain access to your network. Often, these emails are a way to infect your computer with malicious software.
What can you do to decide if it’s a threat?
If it’s a link, hover over it. Does it display as an IP or is it different than the address? Is the link long or confusing, if so, be aware?
Stop and Think!
Do you recognize the sender? Take time to scan the email: does it have a greeting or do you see numerous spelling errors or grammatical mistakes?
Study the example below for phishy signs that are common.