We are just 18 years into this millennia and there is nothing more frightening or annoying than SPAM Mail or even worse, Phissing Mail!
Have you ever been suckered into clicking on an innocent looking email from a friend or former colleague only to find out its a scam! I’ll admit that it has happened to me before and it happens to the best of us.
So you have done the bad deed, screwed the pooch, and even broke the mirror on this one.
Whats up guys! Ctrl Alt PC with the first of many informative blog posts to keep you guys in the know! Today we are going to be talking about Phishing E-Mails and you will learn the following.
What is Phishing E-mail?
How to identify a Phishing E-Mail
What to do if you open one.
How to prevent them!
# 1. What is Phishing E-Mail?
Phishing E-Mail is an email sent to you in disguise of an email from a friend, colleague, or familiar company or business. The E-Mail is usually sent from a bot or person with the sole purpose of stealing information from your contact lists, installing malware, or viruses on your computer or mobile device.
#2. How to identify a Phishing E-Mail
Below is an actual real-world example of a Phishing E-Mail I received this past year. In most phishing E-Mail cases there are a few main red flags that you can spot easily. Let’s take the image in this post and break those pointers down.
First, always pay real close attention sentence structure in the subject title. A lot of the times words will either be misspelled or the sentence is horribly written. For example, you can see in the subject line of this email that the sentence doesn’t even sound right when you read it out loud! Let’s point out one of the most obvious situations in this email. It is supposedly from Apple stating that my Apple ID has been compromised. However, Apple does not send emails with the letter “A” as their profile photo.
Furthermore, you can continue to see through the message of the email continues to have huge grammatical errors. Now I don’t know about you but grammar errors from me in any PSA post or Email immediately losses credibility and legitimacy to me.
Last but not least always check who the sender is as well. I didn’t get the screenshot from the sender’s internet (E-Mail) address but you can always tell if it is fake by the username or domain name.
For example, you normally receive an email from John.Doe@CompanyA.Com but you receive a funny looking email a week later from the same company only except the domain name is from John.Doe@CompanyA.NET or John.Doe@Yahoo.com.
Always pay attention to those little details even in the spelling of the sender’s name. These slight details can be easily looked over in the speed of the day while on the go or at work so be sure to slow down and verify the sender’s email address, name, and subject title of the email. It pays to look twice before opening.
#3. What to do if you open one
You opened a phishing E-Mail!
So now what?! Don’t worry. Your computer is not going to explode and your bank account is not drained…yet.
Once you have realized that you mistakenly opened a phishing E-Mail below are the following steps you should take to ensure you don’t put yourself at risk.
Immediately close the email and delete it.
Locate the email in your trash and delete it from your trash.
Add the email address to your blocked list or spam folder.
If you were accessing your email via Web Browser click here to see my next article on how to clean up your Browser.
Run a full scan on your computer with an antivirus software.
#4. How to prevent them!
The best way I have found to be the most efficient in preventing Phishing E-Mails, unwanted spam mail is the following.
A really Good Antivirus Software
A really Anti-Malware Software
eBlocker Pro! – Check out my Review on this product and learn how you can be a pro at protecting yourself and others who use your internet.