Online threats, cyber security breaches, and network hacks come in so many different forms that it would be close to impossible to prepare for each one. One of the most common of these is called a phishing scam. This occurs when a user receives an email from a seemingly trustworthy source asking for updated information, or to confirm a credit card or password. Links embedded within a phishing email will be appear legit but are actually a weak copy of the real deal. The goal: to have a user enter information that can be used to gain access to the user’s personal accounts and ultimately commit identity theft. The irony: many phishing emails come through with a subject line about online security.
According to a 2015 study, there were 156 million phishing emails sent every day. Below are some statistics about the phishing emails that make it into user’s inboxes.
- 16 million make it through filters.
- 8 million are opened.
- 800,000 links are clicked.
- 80,000 fall for the scam and share personal information.
Below you will see a guide created by KnowBe4 titled “Social Engineering Red Flags” that will show you an example of a phishing email and teach you how to avoid becoming a victim.