Phishing is when hackers send bad emails in order to steal your personal details (e.g. your laptop password).

It is a type of online scam where criminals send an email that appears to be from a legitimate company asking you to provide sensitive information.

This is usually done by including a link that supposedly takes you to the company’s website where you are asked to fill in your information – but the website is a clever fake and the information you provide goes straight to the crooks behind the scam.

Watch out for these common email phishing tells and don’t get caught out:

  • Forceful/faked urgency to get you
    to respond before you think
  • Offer a prize or reward to tempt you
    to click on a link
  • Ask you to provide your password or other
    confidential data for security purposes
  • Website addresses that are similar to, but
    not the same as the real thing, e.g.
    www.gØØgle.com vs www.google.com
    www.twiter.com vs www.twitter.com
  • Use “masked” links that look like a trusted
    website address but take you somewhere
    else when you click on it
  • Top tip — hovering over the link
    should display the actual address
  • Emails that appear to come from a senior
    employee at your organization
  • Poor spelling and/or unusual grammar

 

Check out this presentation from Data-Tech’s CEO, Chris Lietz

10 Easy Ways To Spot A Phishing Email


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