A phishing email is like a cyber attack on your computer, but it is harmless and does not infect anything on your device unless you click on it.
A phishing email contains a fancy offer and a link to avail that offer, usually hackers send phishing emails to collect personal information. The hackers use this personal information for blackmail, manipulation, or other falsified actions.
But the question is, what should you do if you receive one?
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Never panic and don’t click on any links in the email
Whenever you receive a suspected email, don’t panic or get excited by the offer. Latest updates in email clients like Gmail, Outlook, Apple Mail, brings a great improvement. These email clients either sent the suspicious emails tot he spam folder or hide the images or attachments that contain malicious codes. But in case you see a phishing email don’t panic, your computer is safe until you click the link or provide the information.
Never reply to the email
The best thing is to just ignore the email and delete it, and you should never click on the link or reply to the sender. Once you reply to the sender it means your email is working and it makes you one step closer to the attack.
So, to be clear: don’t click any links, don’t open any attachments, and don’t reply.
Report the email to the security department in your office
You need to instantly report the email to the concerned department in your office. Once you have confirmed that the email is a phishing attack you need to rush to the security department in your office and tell them about it. They will track the sender and block him or take action against his actions.
Phishing emails are harmless if you tackle them appropriately. The attacker wants your information, and he will send you fancy offers or persuade you to click on the link and send him personal information. If you don’t click on the link or send the information, you are safe. The key is to keep calm and doesn’t panic once you see a phishing email.