Thursday, March 28, 2019

How to Spot a Phishing Email

Hackers are continuously targeting the staff of different organizations. A response to an email is all it takes to compromise your whole network. Staff training is essential, so they are aware of the required security measures. They should be provided the basic information how to spot a phishing email.

What is Phishing Email?

It is sent from a legitimate organization or individual with the intention fooling its recipient into disclosing the sensitive information of organization or personal. Such as Banks Passwords, Login information, encryption keys, email account information.
Phishing is a method of trying to gather personal information using deceptive e-mails and websites. This is what you have to think about this admired, but increasingly complex, type of cyber attack. The goal is to trick the email recipient into believing that the message is something they want or need.

How does a phishing attack work?

A basic phishing attack attempts to trick a user into entering personal details or other confidential information, and email is the most common method of performing these attacks. The sheer number of emails sent every single day means that it's an obvious attack vector for cyber criminals.

What is the Best approach to spot the Phishing email?

The hackers can also send you a Phishing email disguising as your own email address or even email address of your boss or of your client/vendor. If you know that the email requires a login to a page first of all confirm over on phone if that email is really sent by that person.
Nobody wants to fall prey to a phishing scam. There’s a good reason that such scams will continue, though: They are successful enough for cybercriminals to make massive profits. Phishing scams have been around practically since the inception of the Internet, and they will not go away any time soon. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid becoming a victim yourself.
The phishing emails can have any of the following properties:
  • Ask you to download a document which requires the login credentials of your email account.
  • Redirecting to a website which you don’t know.
  • Mention that you won a lottery in millions of dollar.
  • When you reply to that email it does not reply to actual sender.
  • Acting as vendor and asking to check the invoice.
  • Sending email under your email address and saying that your account has been hacked and encrypted all data and you can lose the access to your account and then asking you to transfer sum of amount through Bit-coins.
  • An email from your current email service provider asking you that your account will be suspended and require a reconfirmation if you don’t want it to be suspended.
Now the Hackers are going advance and creating more realistic email to trap the staff into their bait. It is becoming more difficult for non-technical person to identify the phishing email. Best approach is if the email requires any sensitive information don’t enter it. Contact your IT Department and cross verify if providing such information is necessary.

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