Spear Phishing is an email scam that is targeted at a specific victim. This type of scam is often an attempt to steal data, but it could also be an attempt to get the victim to download malicious software. Keep in mind that these emails may look legitimate, but scammers are always getting better at ways of convincing people to give them the information that they want. Of course, sometimes you can tell that the emails are frauds, but other times, you can’t.
How to Protect Yourself from Spear Phishing
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself. We’ll talk about them, now.
- Look for possible misspellings or grammar issues in the email – While they may not all be misspelled, misspellings and grammar issues are big clues that there is a problem.
- Don’t click on suspicious links – Emails can do many things to try to entice the victim. That includes tugging at your heart strings by talking about missing children. However, if they direct you to a website, that website is likely filled with malware or some sort of malicious code in an attempt to steal any information it can.
- Verify emails that you are not expecting – This may seem like a bit of a pain, but if you recieve an email from someone you are not expecting to, especially if it has a link in it, get ahold somehow of the person that sent the email. If they did not send you the email, stay away.
And there you have some of the quick and easy ways to protect yourself from falling victim to a spear phishing attack. While this guide that may not be everything involved, it will certainly help you keep yourself safe. Please share this post with your friends so they can protect themselves from spear phishing attacks as well. Follow us @VPNFan for the latest deals and guides.