Do you receive email that appears to be from businesses that claim to contain a FREE gift card or some other good deal?
Don’t waste your time. Delete it. The sender’s email may appear to be from one of your favorite retailers but right clicking on the address will show you the real address of the sender. If you are really curious about the origin of an email, you can view the header or information section of the email but you are putting yourself at risk when you read questionable email.
Did you ever wonder what actually is transmitted between computers when sending an email? It might be easy to mask the origin of an email but it is also easy to verify the origin of an email. Right clicking on the sender’s address will reveal the sender’s address but viewing the email in raw form will give you some more detailed information about the email. Check your email application for an option to view email in RAW form.
Fake emails are usually phishing attempts. What kind of information could the email sender be after? Any phishing attempts that pretend to be from your bank are usually after your money. The email might claim that your bank account information must be verified. Don’t click on any links in a questionable email. The link could bring you to a website that pretends to be your bank. If you enter your login information, the fake site creator will have what is needed to impersonate you on the real bank site.
“I don’t have anything to hide…” Don’t ever think that you don’t have any information that needs to be protected. Social sites are a hacker’s playground. A few years ago, one computer genius studied women’s facebook accounts for hints to their email account passwords. After gaining access to email accounts, he would search for embarrassing information and use it to blackmail his victims. He was apprehended and prosecuted with serious jail time.
Some phishing email objective is to get valid email addresses. If you respond, your email is added to a mailing list. Spammers are able to use your email to sell their service to businesses that use spammers to advertise. The spammer must have a valid email to claim a possible recipient.
Do you have any need for everyone to know your business? Do you want to receive an email or web advertisement when you are identified as a possible purchaser of a product? Shouldn’t you decide what product to research? Don’t become a target for advertisers. Keep your Internet profile as small as possible. Any information farmed on the Internet can be used to mine even more detailed information about you than should be public knowledge.