A phishing e-mail is a bogus e-mail that is designed to look like a legit request from a site you trust in order to get you to give up your login information to a website or maybe to click and download a virus from an attached file.

Often these e-mails look 100% legit, and show up in the form of a scanned document, or a UPS or FedEx tracking number, bank letter, Facebook alert, bank notification, etc. That’s what makes these so dangerous – they LOOK just like a legit e-mail. So how can you tell a phishing e-mail from a legit one?

Here are a few telltale signs…

First, hover over the URL in the e-mail (but DON’T CLICK!) - that way you can see the ACTUAL website your gonna be sent to. If there’s something fishy about the URL, delete that sucker right now. In fact, it’s a good idea to just go to the site directly by typing the URL into your browser, rather than clicking on a link.  Another sign of a phishing email is poor grammar multiple spelling errors.

And another warning sign is that the e-mail is asking you to “verify” or “validate” your login or asking for personal information. Why would your bank need you to verify your account number? They should have that information.  And finally, if the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

That’s it for tip #4

Next week’s tip will be “Don’t you ever use PERSONAL devices to connect to your COMPANY’s data”

Remember, it ain’t poisonel – it's jus business.

Til nex time.

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