Five ways to recognise a phishing email to stay safe online

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Phishing is one of the most common cybercrimes and many people still frequently fall prey to it. When the Covid pandemic started, 58% of the companies from all across the globe saw a rise in phishing attacks. A Phishing email not only creates problems for companies, businesses but also individuals. Therefore, it is important to know how to identify a phishing email. Here are five ways to recognize a phishing email to stay safe online.

1. Check the content of the email properly

When you receive an email from an unknown receiver, check the content of the email properly. Most phishing attackers spoof the email address and domain. Therefore, it is crucial that you check the email address and the domain name and check the spellings properly. Check whether the email is from the trusted sender or not. Is the email from an official email address or a spoofed email address. Further, most of the attackers do not concern themselves with grammar but that is not the case when you receive mail from the official people. Check if the email has some typing or grammatical errors. By analyzing the writing style and content of the email, you can identify any phishing email at the very first glance.

2. Do not share sensitive information

Sometimes, an email asks for sensitive information and you should never ever share any sensitive information hastily. For instance, if you receive an email saying that you have won a Lottery Sambad for which you need to share the bank details, stay cautious. Do not share any personal information. Further, it is always avoided to check the official website to check whether the information that you have received is genuine or not. Do not fall for any kind of urgency. For example, emails saying that for claiming the money won through Dhankesari, you need to share your information within a day, knowing that something is fishy. Never ever share any personal details no matter what.

3. Do not click on any link

Phishing emails might have suspicious links. Even if the links do not look suspicious, it is recommended that you do not click on any email. Hovering over the link present on the email is fine but do not click on the emails under any circumstances. Along with emails, do not even click on any attachments. You never know what the attachment might include. Sometimes, an attack might look harmless but when downloaded, it can create havoc in your system. It might be a Trojan horse and therefore, stay away from both links and attachments.

4. Does the email sound too rewarding?

Many phishing emails use greed to lure the potential victim. If you receive an email that sounds too good to be true, chances are high that it is a phishing email. In addition to rewarding email, many attackers also design an email to create panic. Any such email that shows you an extreme side of too much reward or too many problems is a problematic email, do not click on it and do not respond.

5. It creates a sense of urgency

Scammers very well know that people love to procrastinate and procrastination can result in delayed or failed results for them. As a result, they create a sense of urgency through their email. If the email that you have received creates a sense of urgency within you, it is good to verify the content of the email by contacting the actual officials.

By identifying one or all of the five signs, you can identify a phishing email. In addition to that, in order to stay safe from cyberattacks, update the devices and apps that you have installed at a regular interval. Many systems provide an additional layer of security with the updated version. Secondly, it is recommended that you check your accounts at a regular interval to see if there has been any change in it without your knowledge. If you see some changes, inform the respective person concerned with the same and further go ahead and change the password. Further, if you are even suspicious that an email is a trap, simply go ahead and delete it. Also, enable multi-factor authentication for everything. Multi-factor authentication can protect your data in a huge way.`

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