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4 Ways to identify malicious emails and messages.

February 21, 2019

 

Hi Guys,

 

I am not sure if you know this but email is one of the top cyber-attack methods used today. The method is called Phishing and in a nutshell the attacker tricks you into clicking on a malicious link that will attempt to install spyware or to part with valuable information such as banking details.

 

Examples of malicious emails include impersonation of financial institutions, utility companies, entertainment websites and technology companies.

 

Phishing is becoming more advanced through the practice of social engineering and the types of emails flooding our inboxes are becoming increasingly difficult to spot.

 

To avoid attack, it is imperative that you are aware of the following 4 tell-tale signs.

 

 

 

 

Who is it from?

Attackers often impersonate a brand name or website that you may be familiar with. Look closely to spot irregularities like incorrect spelling of a name, wrong logo or fake imagery.

 

Are there spelling mistakes?

If it doesn’t read right, don’t interact with it. Spelling and grammar are a telling sign that an email may be coming from an untrusted source.

 

Is there an attachment?

Attackers will often include a malicious file as an attachment to a phishing email. Do NOT open it before you verify that the sender and the email content is legitimate, and from a reliable source.

 

Is there a link?

Attackers may use URL hyperlinks in the body of an email enticing you to click. Typically, if you hover over the link with your mouse cursor, it will reveal the real destination.

 

If you are unsure or if you have any doubts at all DELETE the message. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is too good.

 

If you need any specific advice on this issue please let our privacy care team know. We are standing by to help you.

 

All the best,

 


Max Roberts.
Incognito - Privacy Care Team
www.goincognito.co

 

 

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