Email Instincts: Phishing Ploys

Email users in today’s world of cyberattacks must have good instincts. 

Phishing attacks affect every sector of our society, from the private home user to government agencies. Ransomware, viruses, and fraud are common aims of a phishing attack. The phishing attacker will “phish” to get you to click on a familiar website that redirects you somewhere else or try to get you to execute some action within your organization, like wiring money to an outside host.

So how do we prevent these attacks? With Email instincts…If it looks suspicious, if you don’t expect an email from a fellow coworker asking you to click on a link, or if the email address appears different than it normally does, say with the name syntax different or misspelled, BE SUSPICIOUS!

See the examples below.

If you look at the links, it appears they are www.google.com and a familiar email belonging to John Smith who works at your company, say in the finance department. If you simply hover your mouse over the below links, you will see where these links actually go to or who the actual email belongs to;

https://www.google.com

johnsmith@yourcompany.com

At the google site, you will see the destination is NOT Google.com. That email link also does not go to John Smith. 

USE GOOD EMAIL INSTINCTS!