What is phishing? Phishing is the attempt to gain personal, sensitive data and information such as passwords or bank details. Generally, phishing occurs from fake emails where businesses or individuals try to obtain your information and they then use this information against you. In this blog, we are going to give you our top tips on how to spot a phishing attack before the inevitable happens.

  1. If the email you are sent arrives in your spam or junk box and asks you for your personal information such as your name, date of birth or address then this is an immediate red flag. A common example of this is an ‘account manager’ emailing you about a problem with your account and suggest that you change your password. They may send this email with a fake link to click which contains malware and could spread throughout your device or they may ask you to respond to the email.
  2. Professionalism- when you receive a phishing email and they are poorly written with no capitals, punctuation and generally don’t make sense; they’re not real. If you were to receive an email like this with no capitalisation it is so important to delete it straight away so that you know that it has been removed and you are not going to respond to it.
  3. Many phishing emails are accompanied by a suspicious link or attachment. Even if the email looks legitimate but the files attached have an unusual name or the email states that it is a real, legit email the chances are it is fake. Clicking or downloading the links could end up being disastrous. The links are usually malware or viruses that will remain on your computer unless professionally removed . If a virus has made its way on to your computer, our team here at Abyte are on hand to use their professional knowledge and expertise and will remove the virus and re-store all the files and information they can.

156 million phishing emails are sent globally every day. Have you received a phishing email? For expert advice about dealing with suspicious emails, the Abyte team are at the other end of the phone. Please call us on 01388 330985 or visit our website for more information: www.abyte.co.uk