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How to analyze if an email is dangerous and could steal personal data

How to analyze if an email is dangerous and could steal personal data

Pishing are malicious emails that can steal personal data (Photo: Segurilatam)
Pishing are malicious emails that can steal personal data (Photo: Segurilatam)

One of the cyber attacks most common is the phishing, is characterized as a threat that impersonates the name or appearance of a trustworthy company to deceive its victims. Their goal is to get them to click on malicious links so they can steal your credentials. Usually these frauds are sent via email.

Since emails are the most common method for cyber hackers trick their victimsit is important that people know recognize a good email from a bad one and thus prevent your personal information from being violated.

How to analyze malicious mail

In accordance with Kasperski, yes an email asks to perform an action such as going to a link or downloading an attachmentclaiming to be important with a “personal request from the CEO” or something that “must be paid in the next few hours”, most likely it is a trap.

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Phishing attacks can affect if opened from any electronic device (Photo: Pixabay)
Phishing attacks can affect if opened from any electronic device (Photo: Pixabay)

Do not open links in the email that lead to external sites request personal information; neither download or open files that are executable (such as .exe), or perform actions related to money transfers.

You can also check from the header of the note if it is a malicious email, since the address must match the sender, for example, if it says that it is an urgent email from Google, then the email should be “@google.com” and not “@donitas.com” or any other.

To check the domain of the recipient, in case the email is suspicious or a strange site is found when browsing, you can access a this Kaspersky link which is free and analyzes files and URL’s.

To check if the address that the email asks to click on is malicious, it can be copied and pasted onto the cybersecurity company’s site to be analyzed and flagged as free from threats.

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Illustration of a phishing (Photo: Pixabay)
Illustration of a phishing (Photo: Pixabay)

This solution is effective if the email platform does not have automatic scanning. For example, Gmail alerts the user if the received message is potentially dangerous so that it is not opened or be careful when opening it.

Another alert is receive an email that was not expected. For example, not long ago it was reported that hackers were impersonating Wetransfer and sending emails to their victims stating that they had pending files for download. When people clicked on the link it took them to a malicious site.

If the person is clueless, they will not notice that the site is a copy and enter your data. The information, being under the domain of the attackers, can be used to access the email account and carry out attacks or ask for ransom.

Example of a phishing email (Photo: File)
Example of a phishing email (Photo: File)

That is why, even if an email is received that seems to be completely real, it is first verified if it was planned to be received, if the data coincides, and do not open links or files until they have been verified to be clean. In any case, they should not be opened if it is not necessary to do so.

ESET, another cybersecurity company, recommend have up-to-date antivirus software. “In this way, one makes sure that the operating system has the necessary patches or corrections to be protected against possible attacks.”

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Although this precautionary tactic is not closely related to receiving malicious emails, it is best to be careful at all timestherefore they must avoid connecting to public WiFi networks and where traffic may be exposed. ideal is use a reliable VPN.

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