Why We STILL Fall for Phishing Emails
- Post by Janet Gehring
- July 19, 2019
You grab a quick sip of coffee and flip on the computer. You’re headed to a meeting in 5 minutes, but you decide to run through your email. An easy deletion here, a tag there, but wait – here’s one that seems to be truly urgent. It says click on this link and all will be well. You click and nothing happens. Oh well, off you go to your meeting.
Unknowingly, you’ve clicked on a phishing email and unleashed a world of hurt for your company.
Why do so many of us still fall for phishing emails? Are we too trusting? Or careless? Or rushed?
What we do know is that 91% of cyberattacks start with a phishing email. It’s the single most successful tool cybercriminals use to steal your money, username and password, or both.
Most of us don’t intend to wreak havoc. But, we may not fully understand the risks because we believe these myths:
We can all be smarter when it comes to evaluating emails. It doesn’t take much extra time, either. Here’s how:
Pay extra attention to these types of requests:
Some email subject lines attract more clicks than others. Here are specific subject lines that were the top-clicked phishing emails in Q1 2019 according to KnowBe4:
It all comes down to education and attitude. Make sure you’re not the one who falls for phishing emails. After all, the bad guys only need to get it right once – we need to get it right every time.
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