4 Signs that You’ve Received a Phishing Email

The most common way malware spreads is through email scams. These messages are traps designed to trick you into downloading malicious viruses. In order to avoid phishing scams, it’s important to understand what the bait looks like and what actions to take when these situations arise.

Phishing emails often include misleading headlines, followed by messages that look like they’re from legitimate sources, but it’s really a scam.

Some common topics that hackers use in phishing emails include: 

  • Messages from your bank or credit card company
  • A plea for financial aid from someone in a third world country
  • Information about an expected package
  • A stranger who wants to date you
  • Information about lucrative investment opportunities

Emails like these will try to trick you into revealing your sensitive information or downloading an attachment that contains malware. By understanding the tricks hackers use and knowing what to look out for, you can protect yourself from these malicious phishing scams.

Mitigate Risk Associated With Phishing Emails

The consequences of clicking on and responding to email scams can be devastating for any small business, especially during an already challenging time. By making sure you’re educating and training your employees on what to look out for, you can mitigate the risk of exposure to your business. Not only that, it’s important to have a game plan for when situations like these arise.

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Illustration of a man holding a microscope to a phone where it reveals a skull and crossbones, indicating he found a phishing email