1. Don’t trust the book blindly by its cover.
The primary purpose of a phishing email is to affect people worldwide by masquerading themselves as legitimate and genuine emails. They appear to have come from a well-known brand or a trustworthy site.
What is important to remember here is don’t open any email that comes to your inbox just because its sources looks similar to a reliable name. Check it’s economic thoroughly, including the email address, display name before you decide to open it.
2. Look out for spelling errors.
Brands are highly serious about email marketing, and so are digital thieves about using emails for corrupt activities. Emails coming from an official source will never have any grammatical errors, oddly framed sentences, or spelling mistakes.
So, before you open an email, check for all possible errors, read them carefully to ensure your online safety.
3. See, but do not click.
If the email that you have received contains any link, hover your mouse on it to check its authenticity. If it appears fishy to your do not click on it; you may alternatively also copy the link and check it in a separate browser.
Avoid clicking on all unfamiliar links and attachments.
4. Do not disclose your personal information.
Trusted brands, government organizations, banks, and e-commerce sites will never ask for your confidential details on an email. Stay vigilant to ensure online security.
5. Be aware of all urgent looking and threatening emails.
Another way of identifying spam emails is to check how much urgency they are trying to invoke. Subjects like “unauthorized login attempt,” “ last date” are usually used to threaten innocent users. These are all phishing tactics, do not fall prey to them.
6. Check the greeting
Personal and specific salutations denote authenticity in most of the cases. An email with general greetings like “Valued customers” might lead you to an infected site.
7. Never click on embedded attachments.
Including strange attachments is another way to fool people. These attachments and files are mostly infected with malicious malware. It is one of the most widely used phishing methods and has affected millions of users worldwide by infecting their PC and stealing their personal information.
If you see an email that you were not expecting, do not open any attachments included in it.
8. Consider checking the signature.
A mail from a legitimate source will always have a well-detailed signature, including necessary details about the signer. All such information is usually missing in spoofing emails.
All trusted brands, banks, and government organizations will always give contact details, including an official email and contact number, which is missing in spam mails.