Even though it may seem like email is less important than it used to be, that simply is not true.
There is more competition than there used to be when it comes to communicating with other people on the internet but most people still communicate by email.
Since so many people still communicate by email hackers are still trying to target people who use email for their attacks.
Anytime that there is a service where a lot of people use it there are going to be attacks on it.
I am here to show you what to look for when it comes to your email account.
This way you can be sure that you are not going to be attacked by a hacker.
Who Exactly Is Emailing Me?
The first thing that you want to check in regards to the email that you receive is who sent it.
Some people see the header title in the email and that is all they check.
Before you open any email, you should make sure that the address is legitimate.
You do this by checking the From field or the mailed-by field.
A spammer or an attacker is not going to use an email address that you recognize or are able to read easily.
Make sure that you are able to do this.
If the name that you received seems fishy then do not open it and delete it.
You do not want to even take the chance that you could be attacked.
Be Wary Of Email Attachments
When most legitimate people or businesses send you an email they are trying to get information to you.
When an attacker tries to get you to respond to an email, they are trying to get you to do something.
They want you to click on a link or download an attachment.
When someone sends you an email with a request to do one of the following you know that there is a good chance that the email might be a fake.
It is not guaranteed that it is a fake but you will want to be more careful in a situation like this.
An email that is a call to action to do a task is something that should be checked out very carefully before you respond.
This is especially true if they have sent an attachment to you.
An attachment in any case should be scanned by your local installed antivirus.
If this email that you do not recognize is trying to get you to do something then there is a good chance that you should not download it.
Email from strangers should always be put under scrutiny.
Even if the email looks like it comes from a legitimate business or person, you still have to be careful.
It is real easy for a person to make an official looking email.
This is why you must do your homework before you open anything of the type.