We sure do miss heading out to a lake, throwing out a line and waiting for a fish to bite. But what really upsets us is how hackers have taken a beloved pastime and turned it into something sinister. That’s right, I’m talking about phishing. The hacker practice of sending out carefully crafted email as “bait” in an attempt to get you—the “fish”—to bite. In this case, however, the bite is really you unknowingly revealing some piece of personal information to the hacker.

More often than not, the goal is for you to reveal your login information for your email or some other website. The scary part of all of this is how good the “bait” is getting. Phishing emails look so authentic that even the most discriminating eye can be fooled. So, what’s a “fish” to do? You really have no choice but to learn to spot these fakes. Looking for subtle clues: misspelled words, poor grammar or links that attempt to hide their true destination.

Not sure if an email is legit. Contact IT Radix here and let us help you recognize a phishing scam and navigate these treacherous waters.

First published in our August 2019 IT Radix Resource newsletter