Phishing has long been a popular technique for getting a recipient to provide personal information. It mostly functions as follows: You get an email from what appears to be a reliable source, like your company, requesting you to open the link and familiarize yourself with new rules that will take effect the following week.
You click the link because you want to see what’s within; doing so requires you to connect to the company’s systems (seems reasonable, doesn’t it?). You’ve been phished if you enter your information, press Enter, and nothing happens. a little too late for realizing your error.
Do not be reluctant to read and open the email.
Before you open the email, you won’t be able to tell whether the photographs are phishing and if they do or not. The act of reading the email is not harmful. You don’t need to be concerned about the email’s contents or attachments if your system is current. You can’t tell if the email’s pictures are phishing unless you open them.
Turn off the automatic image display option
The first step you should do to keep secure is to disable an automated image display option. Modern email clients, such as Gmail (How To) or Outlook (How To), are so sophisticated that they take care of all the grunt work and completely eliminate the possibility of you receiving phishing photos.
Examine the email and its contents, then move the pointer over the picture.
Hackers don’t hesitate to use unethical tactics to accomplish their main objectives. They not only send emails from what appear to be reliable addresses, such as those that just vary from legitimate companies by a single symbol, but they also hide phishing graphics within thought-provoking text. Many individuals fall victim to thoughtful texts that entice them to click on the last, alluring sentence that says, “click on the image to learn more,” and presto! Their credentials have been compromised.
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