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Today we learn about email phishing.

  • Phishing scams are a prevalent cybersecurity threat that involve deceptive emails designed to steal personal information, login credentials, or financial data. Scammers impersonate legitimate entities like banks, credit card companies, or social media platforms to trick recipients into clicking malicious links or opening attachments.
  • Common red flags to watch out for include:
    • Sense of urgency: Phishing emails often pressure recipients to act immediately by creating a sense of urgency or crisis.
    • Poor grammar and spelling: Legitimate companies typically have good email hygiene and avoid grammatical errors.
    • Unfamiliar greetings: Be cautious of emails that use generic greetings like “Dear Customer” instead of your name.
    • Suspicious links and attachments: Don’t click on links or open attachments from unknown senders. Hover over the link to see the actual URL before clicking.
    • Requests for personal information: Legitimate companies won’t request sensitive information via email.
  • Here’s how to protect yourself:
    • Be cautious with attachments and links: Never click on suspicious links or open attachments from unknown senders.
    • Verify sender legitimacy: Don’t reply to emails requesting personal information. Contact the sender through a trusted channel to verify the email’s legitimacy.
    • Enable strong spam filters: Most email providers offer spam filters that can help block phishing attempts.
    • Report phishing attempts: Report phishing emails to your email provider to help them improve their filters.

By staying vigilant and recognizing the hallmarks of phishing scams, you can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to these cyberattacks.

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