What is Phishing Mail & How to Avoid it?

16 November 2017

Phishing is a form of fraud through which an attacker deceives the email user as a reputable entity. The attackers spread malicious links and attachment through phishing mail, it is an attempt to steal user’s login credential or account information. This is a popular way to break into anyone’s computer defense as people can be fooled easily with a phishing mail. Through these links and attachments, cybercriminals can install malicious software into your computer and can have control over your PC.

Features of a Phishing mail

• Cybercriminals generally make grammar and spelling mistakes.
• Inspect the link in the email, rest your mouse over the link and see if the address matches the link typed in the mail.
• Cybercriminals often threat users that their security could be compromised.
• Spoofing popular websites and companies.
• See to it if the email address and the sender name matches or not.

What Phishing emails ask for?

• Username and password, including password changes.
• Social Security number.
• Your mother’s maiden name.
• Your birthday.
• Bank account number.
• Credit card number.
• Personal Identification Numbers (PINs)

How to Avoid Phishing Mails

Always beware of the emails that ask for your personal information, if you get any such mail then don’t click on the link or provide any personal information until you are sure that the mail is genuine. In case the sender has a Gmail address then report about it to Google. Remember that Gmail never ask you for any password over email.

Report Phishing Mail

When Gmail identify any mail as suspicious or Phishing, it either mark it as spam or show a warning to you. If the email wasn’t marked correctly then follow the given steps to mark or unmark it as phishing.

• Open Gmail on computer.
• Open the message.
• Next to reply arrow, click the down arrow.
• Then finally click Report Phishing.

If the email is incorrectly marked as phishing then follow these steps:
• Open Gmail on computer.
• Open the message.
• Next to reply arrow, click the down arrow.
• Click on Report Not Phishing.

If you think your account has already been compromised or hacked by the cybercriminals then please get in touch with our email experts at Gmail Support Number UK. These experts will help you get your access back on your account.