Phishing is the number one delivery mechanism for malware and ransomware. It will trick you into installing software that compromises the security of your computer and enables others to obtain user passwords, personal information, credit card details and other confidential information.
Phishing emails rely upon a human making a mistake. They will often ask you to take an action by:
By being a detective and looking for a CLUE:
Hover your mouse over links and images to look at the website address they go to. If it looks different to what you expect, don’t click.
Again use your hover. Is it what you expect? Or has it been designed to look correct? For example rather than google.co.uk does it say goo.gle.co.uk, goog.le.info, gooogle.biz?
Finally, look out for overly emotional language or language which causes you to become emotional. If it fills you with fear, anxiety or excitement, that is a red flag. They are trying to play to your emotions to get that click.
So remember CLUE whenever you receive an email you are not sure about and hopefully you won’t swallow the hook.
If you need more information and support on what to do and where to access help, then go to Risk Management on the CILEx Regulation website.