Phishing: How to Spot the Bait and Avoid the Hook

Stay Vigilant Against Cybersecurity Attacks

Phishing Attacks are deceptive and well disguised to try and steal your personal information, often by seemingly innocent emails, messages, or websites. It is key to know what to look out for to protect yourself and your organisation.

Avoid the Hook by recognising these 4 Key Characteristics a Cybercriminal may use:

  1. Email Addresses

Be cautious of Email Addresses that seem slightly off. Cybercriminals often mimic email addresses that are familiar to us; check for misspelled names and unusual variations.

  1. The Urgent Message

Phishing emails often create fear and panic, such as by claiming that your account will be suspended unless you act immediately or threaten consequences if you do not.

  1. Requests for Personal Information

Be wary of any emails asking for your personal information, such as: credit card details, your address, full name, or date of birth. Legitimate causes will not ask for sensitive information via email.

  1. Suspicious Attachments or Links

Do not open attachments or click on links from unknown sources, this could cause malicious malware to be downloaded onto your device. Your account could be compromised or spread malicious content.

The best way to protect yourself is by being well informed and vigilant against the tactics Cybercriminals use and to ensure you are up to date with the latest security awareness to stay safe in the digital world.