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PHISHING
5 Ways to Tell
if an E-mail
is Legitimate
In today’s world of scammers and hackers,
it’s hard to keep up with all the various
ploys on the Internet aimed at stealin...
In today’s world of scammers and hackers,
it’s hard to keep up with all the various
ploys on the Internet aimed at stealin...
THINK CRITICALLY
1
Do not accept that an e-mail is
the real deal just because you’re
busy, stressed, or have 150 other
unread messages in you...
Ask yourself:
• Does the e-mail come from someone I know?
• Was I expecting this e-mail?
• Are the requests being asked of...
LEARN TO HOVER
2
Simply move your mouse over
any link, but DO NOT CLICK IT!
Just let your mouse cursor hover
over the link and see what nam...
DECIPHER THE URL
3
DECIPHER THE URL
3
you can assume it’s not legitimate.
If the e-mail includes a website address, look at
that URL to see i...
PRO TIPS
The next two tips are
aimed at businesses that
are quite large and have
dedicated information
security staff.
ANALYZE E-MAIL
HEADERS
4
E-mail headers tell you how an e-mail
got to your address.
If it’s a legit e-mail, the domain from the
header should match...
Sandbox e-mails
5
Sandboxing is a term used in the
tech field to describe creating an
environment where one can run
untested or untrusted cod...
For more ways to defend
against phishing, check out
PHISHING
DARK WATERS
The Offensive and Defensive Sides
of Malicious E-m...
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Phishing: 5 Ways to Tell if an E-mail is Legit

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In a world with hackers and scammers trying to steal your information, you can never be too careful when it comes to online safety – especially when it comes to emails. This Slideshare contains tips to help you spot malicious emails before you fall prey to their schemes.

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Phishing: 5 Ways to Tell if an E-mail is Legit

  1. 1. PHISHING 5 Ways to Tell if an E-mail is Legitimate
  2. 2. In today’s world of scammers and hackers, it’s hard to keep up with all the various ploys on the Internet aimed at stealing personal or corporate information for malicious reasons.
  3. 3. In today’s world of scammers and hackers, it’s hard to keep up with all the various ploys on the Internet aimed at stealing personal or corporate information for malicious reasons. However, there are some ways to tell if the e-mail you receive is a legitimate communication or if it’s a scam.
  4. 4. THINK CRITICALLY 1
  5. 5. Do not accept that an e-mail is the real deal just because you’re busy, stressed, or have 150 other unread messages in your inbox. Stop for a minute and think about the e-mail. THINK CRITICALLY 1
  6. 6. Ask yourself: • Does the e-mail come from someone I know? • Was I expecting this e-mail? • Are the requests being asked of me reasonable or plausible? • Does this e-mail employ emotional content such as fear, greed, or curiosity, or, most important, does it try to get me to take an action (usually urgently)? THINK CRITICALLY 1
  7. 7. LEARN TO HOVER 2
  8. 8. Simply move your mouse over any link, but DO NOT CLICK IT! Just let your mouse cursor hover over the link and see what name comes up. Does it match the official company website, or would it take you elsewhere? LEARN TO HOVER 2
  9. 9. DECIPHER THE URL 3
  10. 10. DECIPHER THE URL 3 you can assume it’s not legitimate. If the e-mail includes a website address, look at that URL to see if there’s anything unusual. Amazon.com For example, if an e-mail claims to be from but the URL ends in .ru (a Russian domain and not a real Amazon address),
  11. 11. PRO TIPS The next two tips are aimed at businesses that are quite large and have dedicated information security staff.
  12. 12. ANALYZE E-MAIL HEADERS 4
  13. 13. E-mail headers tell you how an e-mail got to your address. If it’s a legit e-mail, the domain from the header should match the domain given in the e-mail. Likewise, the return path and authentication results should match the details given in the e-mail. ANALYZE E-MAIL HEADERS 4
  14. 14. Sandbox e-mails 5
  15. 15. Sandboxing is a term used in the tech field to describe creating an environment where one can run untested or untrusted code. Many large companies use virtual machines to create sandboxes, so e-mail or other applications can be tested to determine whether they’re safe. Some companies sandbox all incoming e-mail and only let through those that are deemed safe and friendly. SANDbOx E-MAILS 5
  16. 16. For more ways to defend against phishing, check out PHISHING DARK WATERS The Offensive and Defensive Sides of Malicious E-mails by Christopher Hadnagy and Michele Fincher

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