Phishing email alert- Beware of these email subject lines before opening them

    Nowadays, phishing emails have become an earning source for cyber crooks, as they lure innocent online users into clicking malicious links or malware. Recent research conducted by Barracuda Networks on more than half a million emails has given a conclusion that often people fall prey to 12 most common yet dangerous email subject- lines which are as follows-

    Request, Follow-Up, Urgent/Important, business proposal, Are you available/Are you at your desk, Payment status, Hello, Purchase, Invoice Due, Re:, Fwd, Expenses, Payroll,

    Luckily, all is not over as following a few online tips to identify dangerous spam emails can help protect your device and your data.

    Ensure that you always have an anti-spam/malware solution installed on your computer as it helps quarantine cyber threats on time and keeps your system safe from cyber attacks.

    Keep a tab on the odd or spoofed email addresses- A general rule of thumb in the cyber landscape is to not open an email from unknown email addresses or unknown senders. Also better pay attention to the senders’ s email addresses, especially by doing a spell check- because spoofed emails are always wrongly pronounced or worded which indicate the 1st sign of phishing attack.

    Never give out personal info like your bank details or social security numbers as it can lead to frauds on a further note.

    Never click on strange attachments or unfamiliar links as they can infect your computer with ransomware or with other sorts of malware.

    Also, avoid suspicious subject lines which often promise a large sum of money being transferred to your account or phishing schemes which collect your bank account info.

    Hope, the above said tips help!

    Naveen Goud
    Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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