Many of us have a Pavlovian response when it comes to our emails. The second we hear the “ping” from our phone, or see an email pop up on our screen, we instantly want to open it. Criminals know this - and they also know that if they add more pressure (often by using the words URGENT, IMMEDIATELY, or CRUCIAL), you will be more likely not only to open an email, but potentially open an attachment or respond following orders.
The 2016 Verizon Data Breach report shows that even waiting an hour before opening an email dramatically reduces your chances of being a victim. Waiting even longer (4+ hours makes the rates of opening emails and attachments almost none existence).
Most of us can't wait an hour before opening an email (especially at work), but could you wait 5 minutes? Could you wait 30 seconds? There are many signs that an email may be phishing for our information, and there are 4 simple things you can do to scan any email that will reduce the chances of falling for a phishing attack. Just grab a sip of coffee, take a nice deep breath and make sure you are not about to be victimized.