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Cyber Security Tips – Social Engineering Red Flags: Date/Subject Line

By January 15, 2018January 26th, 2018Business Insurance
Cyber Security Tips - Social Engineering Red Flags - Date Subject Line

The prevalence of phishing scams is at an all-time high. Because you are the key to preventing a cyberattack within your organization, it is important to question the legitimacy of every email you receive. Below is a list of questions to ask yourself about the date, time and subject of the email that may help you realize that you are being phished.

DATE: Analyze the timing of the email.

  • Did you receive an email that you would normally get during regular business hours, but it was sent at an unusual time, such as 3 a.m.?

SUBJECT: Review the subject line.

  • Does the subject line make sense given the context of the email?
  • Is the email message a reply to something you never sent or requested?

If you notice anything about the email that alarms you, do not click links, open attachments, or reply. You are the last line of defense to prevent cyber criminals from succeeding and making you or your company susceptible to phishing attacks.

Think fast. Click slow.

Dylan Warner
Network Account Manager

To learn more about how to protect yourself, read this article by our friends at WingSwept.