Monday June 12, 2017

The Phish Commish Says: Give That Email Content the Sniff Test

When it comes to the decision to “click or not click,” sometimes you have to go with your nose. This isn’t to be confused with curiosity clicking. One is prudent, the other has been fatal to felines. While administering the sniff test, ferret out hints of impropriety: is there anything “off” about the message? Are you being pressured or rushed? Is the message pandering to curiosity?

If you whiff even the slightest suspicious aroma, ask yourself this: What if click? What if I DON’T click? What if I go crazy not knowing what’s behind that link? What if I just drag this faintly fusty message to the trash?

Ah, the bittersweet conundrum we call email.

Check out these email content sniff test tips:

Is the sender asking me to click on a link or open an attachment to avoid a negative consequence or to gain something of value? Is the email out of the ordinary or does it have bad grammar or spelling errors? Is the sender asking me to click a link or open an attachment that seems odd or illogical? Do I have an uncomfortable gut feeling about the sender’s request to open an attachment or click a link? Is the email asking me to look at pictures? Is it asking me to look at compromising or embarrassing pictures of myself or someone I know?

For more information, visit the 2017 Becoming Cyber-Mindful Website >>

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