Email attachments and links: proceed with caution

Ever receive an email with an attachment or link that seems too good to be true? It might be. Malicious actors often use emails to spread malware, the digital boogeyman that can infect your device.

Just like you wouldn’t open a random package on your doorstep, don’t click on suspicious links or open unknown attachments, even if they seem to come from someone you know. Hackers can spoof email addresses, so be cautious

Here are some red flags to watch out for:

  • Sensational attachments: Names like “Urgent Open Now” scream “trouble.” Avoid them
  • Misspelled words: Legitimate companies don’t send emails full of typos. Be wary
  • Pressure tactics: Emails urging you to “click now” or promising “unbelievable” things are likely scams. Don’t fall for them.

When in doubt, throw it out. It’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’re unsure about an email, don’t hesitate to delete it.

Bonus tip: If you’re expecting an attachment, always confirm with the sender beforehand. This simple step can save you a lot of trouble.

By being cautious with email attachments and links, you can protect yourself from malware and other online threats.