Over 90% of data breaches start with a phishing email. Phishing emails aren’t a new concept. They’ve been around for years. Everyone receives them, and you may have fallen for one unintentionally hook, line, and signature (see what I did there?).
Way back before the turn of the century, this novel website arrived that allowed us to buy other people’s things – eBay. Not long after opening an eBay account and purchasing a few items, an email arrived in my inbox. This email warned me that there was a problem with my account, and I needed to sign in to remedy this “problem”.
Naturally worried about losing my ability to buy things I didn’t really need, I clicked the link to visit a page that looked exactly like a page on eBay with a form asking for my personal information to reset my account. Things like my username, password, address, and… my social security number? My spidey sense tingled causing me to look up at the address bar. There I saw a URL that was not “ebay.com”, and realized someone nearly conned me into handing them everything needed to steal my identity.
In an effort to help you avoid falling for a similar scheme, here are 5 tips to help you recognize what a typical phishing email looks like.