Aug, 2016

How to Detect a Phishing Email

Phishing attacks have become vehement than before. They have surged up in a number of cases. According to a study, the number of phishing attacks has risen more than 162 percent from 2010 to 2014. Another report suggests that these canny attacks cost organizations around $4.15 billion every year making the understanding process timider.

From the statistics above, it is understood that more than half of the internet users get a phishing email once in a day. It is unfortunate to know that 97% of people across the globe fails to identify a phishing email. But it is not that hard to understand or identify one.

Here are some tips to keep you safe from phishing emails:

Never trust the display name

It is among the favorite tactics of hackers to spoof the display name of the email. According to a research done by Return Path, more than 760,000 email threats were analyzed targeting 40 of the world’s largest brands. They found nearly half of all email threats were spoofed.

Never click on unwanted email attachment

You can have a look on the email but clicking on it might turn out to be risky for your device. Never open an attachment that is unwanted and you think have not come from an authentic source.

Always check for spelling mistakes

In the phishing emails you receive, you may spot spelling mistake as the sender tries to authenticate the email by replicating the exact words, but unfortunately, he gets trapped in his own game.

Always review the signature

In the signature, there will always be mistakes as to how you can contact a company would strongly suggest something fishy. Or it may also happen that there will be no signature at all letting you know the email hasn’t come from an authentic source.

Now that you have understood how to detect a phishing email you should be knowing that just because an email displays convincing brand logo and language, it is not necessary that it might have come from an authentic source. You must check your email carefully to remain safe from phishing traps.

Have a look at our post on Different Types of Phishing Attacks : How Victims are Trapped?

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Sweety Gupta

Sweety is an versatile blogger with good experience in the It sector. She is an experience writer who writes on various topics related to cyber security, phishing attacks and machine learning.
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