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Quick Tip: Look Out for Phishing Emails

Posted By Danielle M. Hall, Tuesday, July 21, 2020

 

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In the wake of COVID-19 and working from home, instances of phishing emails have been on the rise for the last several months. This new environment has essentially created the perfect storm—employees working from home, the need to stay updated on information, and IT is no longer just down the hall. As a result, phishing scams are capitalizing on the pandemic.

In March, TechRepublic reported phishing scams were up 667%. Since then, there have been several reports of phishing scams involving brand impersonation and business email compromise. Google recently reported detecting 18 million malware and phishing messages per day related specifically to COVID-19. The CDC also issued a media release specifically addressing COVID-19 related phone scams and phishing attacks.

To protect yourself from falling victim to these scams, you must remain diligent in your cybersecurity. Having best practices in place—such as limiting the number of public-facing emails accounts, encouraging staff to forward all suspicious emails, and educating yourself and on staff how to spot phishing emails—can help. 

In a previous post, Tips for Detecting a Phishing Email, I discussed ways to spot a phishing email. This includes looking for inconsistencies in the email, including inconsistencies in links, identifying demands for urgent action, and watching out for offers that seem to good to be true. If you missed this post, or just need a refresher, you should take a look.

For additional information on recent phishing scams and how to spot them, I also recommend reading:

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/watch-out-for-these-subject-lines-in-email-phishing-attacks/

https://www.pcmag.com/news/phishing-attacks-increase-350-percent-amid-covid-19-quarantine

https://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-tips-for-spotting-a-phishing-email

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Tags:  Author: Danielle M. Hall  COVID-19  cybersecurity  malware  phishing  scams 

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