How To Avoid Phishing Emails

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The emails you receive may come from many sources without your knowledge. Every day in addition to the mail for your work, study, .. you also receive a lot of advertising mail and the most dangerous is the Mail contains Virus or Email fraud to steal the fish information. Your personality, …

The temptation to open that email is usually very high, especially if it seems mysterious or important. So you need to have some tips on how to recognize and prevent these malicious emails.

1. If you do not ask for it, do not click it!

This is the golden rule. If you do not request something from a person or company, there is no reason they email you instructions or worse a mail with attachments.

Why? Companies and organizations only use email to keep your information, unless you need to confirm your subscription or make changes.

So when we found the strange and unrelated email, ask the question before opening it:

  • Why is this relevant to me?
  • Why do they email me?
  • What is the purpose of the email?

If you can not answer these questions, do not click on any links in the email or open any attachments.

2. Detecting Suspicious Email by Searching Google

Mail-related phishing and malware tend to use the same text, automatically, only minor changes. These mails are easy to recognize:

  • The nonsense and strange phrase comes from the automatic translation
  • Spelling errors and inconsistent text, such as emails that have been cut and pasted.
  • No personal reference: These emails usually do not address you by name or mention other information that a company may not actually know.
  • A sense of urgency. These emails always confuse, appealing to your most basic meaning – fear. Frequently refers to the terrible consequences, fines and fees.

Copy and paste strange phrases into a search engine like Google and see the results. If you see results similar to Scam, scam should be ignored immediately.

3. Contains attachments? Link? This is very dangerous

The content in the mail is not really dangerous. The real danger lies in the links and the attachments. There are many cases of fraudulent loss of personal information, payment for clicking on strange links or infected computers, spyware downloaded by you attachments.

When you see the attachment in the following file format, be careful before downloading and opening it:

  • Exe, COM, BAT, PIF files
  • Documents can contain code: PDF, DOC, XLS, PPT
  • System executable files: DLL, CPL, MSC, CMD
  • Installation and archives: MSI, ZIP, CAB, RAR
  • Screensaver: SCR
  • Files with double extension (ex: FILE.DOC.EXE)

In many cases mail services like Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail help you check Virus Check and alert you.

4. Link?

Scammers often send fraudulent emails and ask you to click on the links. With strange links you should not click and especially do not fill information or download anything from that link.

You will see the real address if you mouse over the link

Short links are dangerous because they do not know where it leads.

In order to “underscore” the shortened links, you can use services like UnShorten. Add a short link to you will know the original link.

5. Never respond or resubmit

Answer a suspicious email providing criminals with valuable information. To get started, it allows him to know that your address is genuine, and that someone who tracks it, the information can be sold at a good price to the black market email address.

Never respond to a suspicious email

6. Use a secure browser and read your mail online

Our advice? Use a service like (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, etc) and open in a secure, modern browser (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, etc.)

Gmail prevents you from downloading attachments

Using reputable mail services ensures that the content of the messages has been scanned by the vendor’s security system, while using a secure browser ensures that malicious content can not be downloaded to your computer.