Cybersecurity is an important issue to tackle especially considering there is a growing number of hacking cases these days. This is especially true with emails as these are still regarded as one of the main forms of online communications.
It also turns out that most email users aren’t that tech-savvy. We’re not saying that you’re one of them. But it’s better to know the facts for you to be safe online! If you’re wondering how you can avoid this problem, then you’ve just found the perfect place to be in.
Here, we’ll be showing you the 7 clear signs of a dangerous email.
Unnatural links and attachments.
It’s normal to have mail that you expect to carry files such as “.doc,” “.pdf,” “.jpg,” or “.png” extensions. However, it isn’t normal to be having auto executing files passed to you (depending on the job you’re in ).
These files automatically download themselves straight into your system that will turn out active within your device; such files should have an: “.exe,” “.com,” “.bat,” and even “.scr.”
Most of the time, those files can trigger file corruption or even be disguised as a worm or malware that could harm your device. It is a good practice to check the sender of the email and confirm things before actually opening any file passed on to you.
Hackers or “phishers” usually tempt victims to click on clickbait sites to try to snatch important data from you.
And most of the time, sketchy links tend to have a lot of misspelled words in them. Always check the link before you get directed to unfamiliar sites. There are links you need to watch out for, such as http://bit.ly, http://goog.le, and http://tinyurl.com.
It is not advisable to instantly trust http://. Links your browser and antivirus will warn you, however.
Public email domain
Hackers tend to make fake emails that seem similar to the ones you know already. Sometimes it can also be in relation to the sender of the email.
If you happen to know him/her, chances are, someone has been able to latch on the sender of an email through the sender’s device or yours even.
Always check the “from” address if it even matches the sender. It also is good to point out if you were even expecting anything from that send in the first place.
The easiest way to sniff out a malicious email is to simply put your pointer over the given link. In that way, you’ll be able to distinguish if the link is legit or not and if the link is in tie to the actual sender’s name.
It is important to check the spelling and grammar of the contents in the mail. Legitimate companies and organizations do take the wrong spelling and grammar lightly.
It is easy to distinguish sketchy mail by just seeing how words are spelled like “H3LL0” or even “B4y 0uR Pr0dU.<t5” hackers do this spiel intentionally to target and find not-so-savvy tech users.
Urgent Requests are a dead give away when it comes to a malicious email. However, the tricky part is if this email is being sent by someone you know. How would you know if that message was really from him/her?
There are a lot of scam tactics being practiced today, such as impersonating someone in a company or someone who has high authority. The usual motive targets people in a company or anyone linked in the government and even an ordinary person like me and you.
Some tactics are also known to play with your conscience by telling you a sob story with the hope that you donate or send money to them. Some motives are sent through gift cards, a free trip, or even discounts.
Emails like those seek for urgency to trip the receiver with that “once in a lifetime” opportunity similar to Black Friday sales. It makes the receiver do more than actually thinking what’s going on and that it can be potential for some serious consequences.
When it’s too good to be true
This scheme revolves around the “once in a lifetime” opportunity feeling as well. The content is usually like some crazy benefits in investing in a certain product, or it would be an all-expense-paid trip on a seven-day cruise.
Maybe you are the one-millionth subscriber, and as a prize, you happen to win thousands of dollars and just simply give them your details for verification.
Emails like that have an ulterior motive by trying to get your banking details and numbers out of you.
If you happen to come across emails like that and you know that you aren’t affiliated with them, they pertain themselves to be and still sound too good to be true? Chances are it’s a scam.
When they ask for personal information
Always be suspicious! Some hackers can impersonate people, you know, or what bank you use or even where you work.
Such emails work between the lines of guilt-tripping and the feeling of urgency to the receivers. Threats are usually attached to emails, such as being fired, leaking of info, a sad story, and even about winning some prize.
Hackers can make fake emails impersonating a sender, you know, its a technique where they layer the original email they have and a hoax email as bait for you, but most of the time, hitting the reply button will show the real email.
See if it matches with the first “from” email before you hit the reply. Confirm to the supposed sender(impersonated) if he/she sent the said email. And if the email was legit, its best to start a new chain to be sure.
Big and legit businesses and companies don’t let their employees or even clients submit any private info or credentials to them as a safety measure to avoid any hackers and scammers that might happen to use these companies’ names.
When coming across such an email and if you happen to know who the sender is, immediately delete and report the mail to the support crew in Google or Yahoo!
But what if you happen to know this person? And in the email holds an attachment file? Immediately contact this person, you know, call him/her to confirm if there was an email that was even sent and if there even was an attachment with it.
Use spam blocking software to filter out any malicious emails. This helps clear out your inbox.
If your mails contain an executable program from someone you don’t know, delete it and report the account. If it’s someone you know, confirm it with them via phone call.
Like in real life, it is always good to be armed with the knowledge to defend yourself if anything happens. It is just the same in the cyber world.
Don’t invite and entertain people you don’t know or even have no relation to what you do. Always be safe and think ahead. Your data is just as important as you are as an existing citizen.
Don’t give the bad guys a chance.