In May of 2021, phishing attacks increased by 281%. Then in June, they spiked another 284% higher.
Why has phishing remained such a large threat for so long? Because it continues to work. Scammers evolve their methods as technology progresses and people continue to get tricked.
So what can you do to continue to stay vigilant when it comes to phishing attempts?
Introducing the SLAM Method
The use of an acronym can help people remember information, making it quicker for them to do a check on any suspicious or unexpected email without missing something important.
SLAM is an acronym for four key areas of an email message that should be checked before trusting it.
S = Sender
L = Links
A = Attachments
M = Message text
S = Check the Sender
It’s important to check the sender of an email thoroughly. Often scammers will either spoof an email address or use a look-alike address that people easily mistake for the real thing.
L = Hover Over Links Without Clicking
Hyperlinks are popular to use in emails because they can often get past antivirus/anti-malware filters.
You should always hover over links without clicking on them to reveal the true URL. This often can immediately call out a fake email scam due to them pointing to a strangely named or misspelled website.
A = Never Open Unexpected or Strange File Attachments
Never open strange or unexpected file attachments, and make sure all attachments are scanned by an antivirus/anti-malware application before opening.
M = Read the Message Carefully
If you rush through a phishing email, you can easily miss some telltale signs that it’s a fake, such as spelling or grammatical errors.
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