92.4% of malware is delivered via email, and with the influx of holiday emails, it’s no wonder that this time of year is a favorite for hackers. In between the hustle and bustle of the season, it is easy for a phishy email to slip right through the cracks — that is, if you’re not careful.
With phishing such a common hacker tactic, could you have been a target before?
The most common scams involve receiving an enticing deal from your favorite “retail store,” or an urgent message from your “phone company” or “bank” threatening to cancel your service if you don’t provide them with personal information. It can even happen in the workplace as well. Has your boss ever sent you a last minute message requesting that you send critical documents to them? These can all be telltale signs that an email just doesn’t smell right. Instead of taking the bait, be sure to independently verify the email sender and investigate before clicking a link, downloading an attachment or sharing personal information about yourself.
We want you to be aware of how to spot a phishing email, so we have provided you with 7 simple ways to spot an email red flag. These can help you determine if an email is legit or really sent from a hacker trying to ruin your holiday cheer.