What are phishing emails, and why should I care?

I am sure all of us from time to time decide to check our email, and lo and behold we see a magical email from your long-lost cousin Dave offering you a million dollars. Or perhaps even an email from your “bank” asking you to log in with sensitive information. Daily, our inboxes get filled with these fraudulent pieces of electronic mail.

If the fraudulent email is properly created it will look practically identical to an actual email from your bank, or any other source. This is done through spoofing an email which mimics the characteristics of the legitimate email. For example, you might have something like “SHarry@bestbank.com” as the legitimate email of a bank representative, yet you might receive something along the lines of, “Peter@best.bank.com”. It is the subtle differences that you must be aware of in these emails before you provide the source with any type of sensitive information.

Aside from attempting to steal sensitive information, these emails also spread mass amount of Malware to unaware users. We repeat, be very mindful of what you click on, apply to, or send to an unknown source. All legitimate websites, emails, and representatives can be looked up online. As well as all legitimate websites will have a “secure connection” lock icon to the left of the website name.