What better way to discuss phishing than an infographic?
First: consider the From: field in an email
In most emails they make sense – like an email that comes from Netflix should say firstname.lastname@example.org not tello.com
The from field is very important clue as to whether this is spam or phishing email or not.
Second: read the text twice, and note spelling, grammar mistakes. does not seem right? It is spam or phishing email.
Third: Is there an attachment? That is always a problem because one can see if there is malware, (using virustotal.com) but it is timeconsuming and dangerous. so unless you absolutely know the person sending you the attachment I would not click on it no matter what (unfamiliar email? do not click).
Fourth: Do not click on shady links – especially short links, you can unpack a short link https://urlex.org/
Fifth: always have a backup available just in case things go wrong. make sure to have a backup that is offline? I.e. not on the system.
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