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How to stay safe from phishing emails

Date: September 26, 2014 Author: Stephan Buys Category: Article Technology Tags: , Comments: 0

How to stay safe from phishing emails  - NSIS Systems

How to stay safe from phishing emails

With the thousands of emails landing in our inboxes every month, it can be very easy to become complacent about their authenticity. Most of us use so many online services now that regularly fill our inboxes with daily updates or notifications, so it’s no wonder that we begin to let our guard down.

However, due to the volume of email that these online services send out, it has become a hacker’s paradise as they can easily disguise their malicious emails as something that looks innocuous and official.

Phishing emails tend to make up the majority of these malicious emails - purporting to be from one of your online services, they ask you to supply them with secure data so they can access your personal information. At best, this results in your social media account being hacked, but at worst, you may have given someone access to your bank data.

Luckily, the majority of these emails are obvious to spot - poor spelling, grammar, or just a simple plain text email with no branding. But many of these phishers have become very sophisticated at making convincing emails, mirroring the look of the account they’re trying to hack.

It certainly pays to have great IT support to turn to when you’re in doubt or fear you may have been hacked. NSIS provides IT support services on a pay monthly or pay as you go basis, giving you round-the-clock support.

So how do you spot a sophisticated phishing email?

The first thing to note is that any legitimate communication from any online service you use will never ask you for your personal details. It’s also highly unlikely they’re giving you anything costly for free.

Take a look at the sender’s email address. This will be very different from the sender’s name that comes up and will usually give it away.

Does the email ask you to click on any links? Hover your cursor over the link and take a look at the address it wants to take you to. This will also indicate it’s a malicious link because the website address won’t match that of the online service.

If you’re in any doubt, just ask the online service, or get advice from NSIS IT support services!

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