A basic phishing attack attempts to trick a user into entering personal details or other confidential information, and email is the most common method of performing these attacks.
Check out our ”Phishing Attacks – Beware”article if you want to learn more about how to spot a phishing email.
A scam mail being sent around to people at present pretends to be from Microsoft Office 365 and we’re telling you – it does look genuine.
If you receive an email from Microsoft with the following type of request contained within the wording of the email, please simply delete it (forward it to us as well).
‘’In order to stabilize your security settings for ***@***.ie Please visit the maintenance portal below to Automatically switch to the new mail settings to avoid interuption within 5hours”
As you can, see it brings you to a very genuine looking site, but this is NOT Microsoft’s site, they are trying to get your username and password!!!
We strongly advise you to ignore the email, not to reply, and particularly NOT to insert your user name and password. Please do not click on any links or images. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Please also note that this is only one of several email phishing and other malign efforts that are being made on a regular basis. They are designed to exploit the trust of email users in the hope that a percentage of those that are being sent out will succeed in eliciting a response. We have seen many such attempts claiming to come from Eir, other telecom providers, all of the main banks, or from many other utilities.
We continue to advise you to be very careful in relation to any emails that you receive and remember, make sure you have a good antivirus solution in place (the paid versions are best) and keep doing the system updates on your PC. This greatly reduces your vulnerability to these scammers.