In the world of computers, fraudulent and harmful emails are known as “phishing emails,” and they pose a significant threat to network security. Because they can be so detrimental to your organization, all staff should know how to spot phishing emails. After all, your employees are your organization’s first line of defense, no matter how strong your security measures are.
They are the gatekeepers to your network – deciding which emails are opened. Hackers know that they can’t do anything until they get inside. So, just like someone who wasn’t invited to the party, they will pretend to know someone, pretend to be someone else, or make up whatever other lies they can to get inside. Their goal is to deceive your employees to gain access.
See below for seven things to look for to help your staff determine if an email is legitimate, or a party crasher.
7 Ways to Protect Yourself from Phishing Emails
Sometimes, a legitimate email may have one of the above, but by looking at a combination of the above, you can usually tell a phishing email from a normal one.
Attached below is an example of a real phishing email, with the suspicious features we used to identify it pointed out. Take a look at how we applied the tips mentioned above.