Phishing is a malicious attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, password or credit card details by acting as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. These attacks have been growing in numbers in the past years. While our email spam filter will eliminate most of these, some will get through. In addition, with the growing use of social media, phishing attempts have also adapted to use them. For these reasons it is good practice to get familiar at recognizing Phishing attempts
Forms of phishing
Most phishing attempts will be a variation of these three general forms:
Phishing attempts can be very targeted and seem to be very personal. They can use your name and even go as far a referencing people or things you know. The most important thing to keep in mind is that if the email talks or inquires about any form of personal information this should raise an immediate red flag. This applies to every email from people or companies you know. Nowadays most major companies will never ask for sensitive information via email. This information can be:
The same applies to emails that ask you to do something
Until you have verified the authenticity of the email don’t click on any links or download any attachments
Verifying the authenticity of emails
There is unfortunately no one, direct way to detect if an email is a phishing attempt. However there are a few things to keep in mind that can minimize the risk of your personal information falling into the wrong hands.