How to Identify a 

Phishing Email

Many businesses are targeted by phishing emails. However, not all fall for a breach. 

If that’s the case, what determines whether they suffer a cyber attack or not?

Human error

In particular, because all you need is one person to fall for the phishing email for the whole company to be affected.

Why focus on Phishing Emails?

Simple, because over 85% of successful breaches start by phishing employees. 

Therefore, learning how to identify a phishing attack is essential to the security of a company.

Learn to Identify a Phishing Attack 

With the proper education, anyone can identify a legitimate email from a phishing attack.  Here are some suggestions:

  1. Check the email of the sender, confirm it’s from a familiar source.  
  2. Make sure the email has a professional or familiar format. Don’t engage if:
    • It has many typos 
    • Footer doesn’t have a physical address, name or signature from sender or department
    • It’s missing the unsubscribe option (for newsletters)
  3. Check for an urgent and untrustworthy call-to-action. This is highly common on phishing emails.
    • e.g. “You have 24 hours or you’ll get arrested. Click on link to prevent that!”
  4. When you hover over any links, don’t click on URL if it’s long and from an unfamiliar website.
  5. Never click on an attachment or give away credentials unless source is 100% trusted. 

Learn More:

Example of Phishing Email


In short, following these guidelines will help you filter any potential phishing emails.

However, to ensure protection against phishing, you can enroll in our anti-spam program to work 24/7 against phishing attempts.

Also, you can expose your team to a fictitious phishing email for training purposes with our Security and Awareness Training. 

Protect your business today – call 858.859.9490 to learn more.

Don’t forget to share this information with anyone who is constantly working on their computer, or carry sensitive information on their devices.

You can further protect the continuity of your 

business with data backup.

Contact us to learn more.

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