Suspicious downloads and emails

In a few words

It is increasingly common to receive emails that ask us to confirm information (from banks or other entities), that tell us that we have won a prize, that they demand some administrative payment,…The appearance usually seems original but in all these cases we must distrust because most of the time the objective is to scam us.

Let’s dive deeper

When you receive suspicious emails, it is important to take steps to protect your online security and personal data. Here are some steps you can take:

1. Don’t open the email: If an email looks suspicious or comes from an unknown sender, don’t open it. Avoiding opening it is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself against possible threats.

2. Don’t click on links or download attachments: Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from suspicious emails, as they may contain malware or redirect you to malicious websites.

3. Check the sender address: Check the sender’s email address. Make sure it is legitimate and not disguised to appear to be from a trusted entity.

4. Do not share personal information: Do not provide personal, financial or confidential information in response to suspicious emails. Scammers often try to obtain sensitive data this way.

5. Flag email as spam or phishing: Most email services allow you to flag suspicious emails as spam or phishing. This helps train spam filters and protects other users.

6. Report your email provider: Notify your email provider about the suspicious email so they can take action if it is a genuine threat.

7. Use security software: Make sure you have updated security software on your computer or device. This type of software can help detect and block malicious emails.

8. Keep your systems up to date: Keep your operating systems, web browsers, and email software up to date with the latest security updates. Updates typically include fixes for known vulnerabilities.

9. Educate your family members: If you share a network or devices with others, educate your employees or family members about the importance of not opening suspicious emails and letting you know if they receive one.

10. Always be suspicious of too-good-to-be-true offers: If you receive an email promising unexpected profits or surprising gifts, be skeptical. Scammers often use these tactics to lure victims.

Remember that prevention is essential in cybersecurity. By following these measures, you can reduce the risk of falling into cyber traps and protect your personal and financial information. If you have questions or concerns about a particular email, it is advisable to consult with a cybersecurity expert or your email provider’s technical support before taking further action.

Useful links

How to Identify & Avoid Phishing Scams

Spot and report scams