The Security Metrics blog provides a tutorial on “Phishing Email Scams,” a means of telling which emails are legitimate, if not entirely welcome, and those which are merely malware. Obviously, it’s important to know the difference. But how many of us really do?
Here’s what can happen when we don’t: “Some phishing emails will have the victim click on a link, which introduces malware to the user’s device. The malware can then grant access to the attacker, leaving them free to steal sensitive data. Not nice. But skullduggerry like this doesn’t invalidate the use of email. It’s important, however, to become reasonably well-advised on the hazards.