Can You Detect a Phishing Email?
Cybercriminals have become increasingly skilled at crafting phishing emails that appear highly authentic, targeting individuals who may be unsuspecting or simply distracted. Accidentally clicking on such emails can unleash a myriad of issues for both your network and business.
We want to empower you with the knowledge and skills needed to detect phishing effectively. By understanding the red flags and adopting best practices, you can strengthen your defenses against these deceptive threats.
Let’s distinguish the differences to prevent exposure of sensitive information, identity theft, financial losses, and compromised network security. Your digital security is in your hands, and this guide is your roadmap to staying one step ahead of a potential threat.
Look For The Following…
Incorrect URL in Hyperlinks
Hover over the URL the email is attempting to direct you to. Does it look unusual? For example, maybe you normally do business with altekimaging.com, are they attempting to send you to altek-imaging.com. Any deviation of the proper URL is a clue the domain may not be legitimate. If in doubt, open a new browser window and search for the legitimate business’s actual URL.
Sender’s Email Address
Look at the domain in the sender’s email address. Does it have extra dashes, hyphens, or numbers? The email may say it’s from Altek, but the email address might say, firstname.lastname@example.org. A legitimate business sender should not be using a free public internet account such as iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.
Asking for Details
Any financial establishment will never email you asking for information: social security #, passwords, PIN, etc.
Sense of Urgency
Most often, cybercriminals send an email with a call to action that expresses a sense of urgency. They may threaten to turn off your Microsoft Office license, or your Amazon, or Apple profile needs verification. They want you to act before you think.
A legitimate business email will address you by name, rather than, “Dear Valued Customer.”
Typos and Grammatical Errors
Odd phrasing, poor grammar, and mistakes are a good indicator of a phishing email.
If there are pixelated images in the email or on their website.
If in doubt, don’t click on an email, and don’t visit the website they’re trying to direct you to. If you still wonder if it was a legitimate sender, you can always call the business directly and ask.
You should report the incident to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov) which is run by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI uses the reports to investigate crimes, track trends, and threats, and, in some cases, even freeze stolen funds. Just as importantly, IC3 shares reports of crime throughout its vast network.
You should consider adding additional safeguards of email spam filtering, MDR, 24/7 security operations monitoring, password manager, DNS filtering, cloud application monitoring, drive encryption, and managed updates.
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