All you need to know about email virus protection
Do you remember something called postal mail? Sure you do, pretty much all of us still receive bills, Christmas cards, and junk mail through our letterbox so I guess I’d be wrong to say it’s a thing of the past.
Instead, let’s just say most of us will send a message to someone we know (or sometimes we don’t) using their email address before we get out the pen and paper to send by carrier Pidgeon.
Although saving on the cost of a postage stamp by sending an email, and with it been delivered almost instantly, as well as being able to see if your reader actually received the message, unfortunately this come at a price – that is, many of us falling prey to the dangers of malicious emails.
We all get them; you receive an email from a close relative with a picture or a photo album of a recent holiday you want on together, naturally you open the attachment to look at the content and then save or close the attachment – simple right?
If you are one of the unfortunate victims of cybercrime you may receive an email which seems pretty legit only to find later on that actually the email attachment contained some very nasty malware code (assuming you have some sort of protection to tell you).
In most cases the sender of the malicious email will be from an email address you haven’t heard of, but in some cases the sender has cleverly sent the email so it looks like it is from someone you know and trust.
The problem is, the subject could be anything from an outstanding invoice notice, to issuing a refund, but usually the sender directs you to open the attachment which should be done with caution. The attachment name could also look very unusual like a mixture of random letters and numbers.
No we’re not talking about getting a rod and reel to catch a shark, it is a similar concept though. Phishing is the act of sending a seemingly legit email (often supposedly from a bank) which asks you to click a link in the email.
If you unknowingly click a phishing link it may take you to a page similar to an internet banking screen which asks for your username and password – as the term suggests it send you bait (the link) and then hooks your info when you enter it into a page.
A tell-tale way to check the legitimacy of an email is to click the sender’s address, often something will look very amiss for example paypal.paypal.tk (clearly this is fake).