Internet Marketing Tips – The Email Security Phishing Email
The phishing folks out there are at it again. They’ve got a new one going and this one is very sneaky and very clever. This article is going to warn you about what it is and how you can determine that it’s in fact a phishing email. I’ll also give you some tips on how to protect yourself from these things. I hope you find this information helpful.
Okay, so what’s the latest phishing attempt? This one is a real winner. The email claims to be from the security department of your hosting account where you have your emails. The email says that there are security settings that have been changed in your account and in order to activate them, you need to click on the link in the email that they sent you.
Now, if you look really close at that link, it will really appear to be to your own site. However, if you hover your mouse over the hyperlink, you’ll see that the REAL link is actually somewhere else. This is an attempt to get you to click on it and hand your info over to these people. The email appears to be in plain text, because it is so plain, and thus you wouldn’t think that the link itself is actually HTML. They did a really good job on this one in an attempt to fool people. However, it is still a phishing email so do NOT click on the link.
Okay, how can you protect yourself from these types of emails? Well, for one thing, any official email sent to you will have your name in it. This email addresses you as dear sir. So right there, you know it’s not legit. Also, you can check the header of the email by clicking on details to see where it came from. In most cases, the origin of the email has nothing to do with your site. Most of these come from third world countries. That’s just the way it is. In any case, NEVER click on a link in an email. An official email will have a way to go directly to the site through your membership, or whatever it is, without having to click on any links in the email itself.
If in doubt, forward the email to your domain hosting company and they can tell you if it’s legit or not.
To YOUR Success,