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Marissa Explains IT All: How to Spot A Phishing Email

Email is one of the most commonly used methods of communication in the workplace, however it’s also one of the most targeted areas for cybercriminals.

Phishing is a technique that hackers use to impersonate a trusted source and try to get any personal or sensitive information from you. These emails can come in many different forms, so it’s important to stay vigilant when it comes to keeping your account secure.

Check out the 60-second clip below to hear Marissa’s best tips on spotting these phishing emails before it’s too late. Continue scrolling for the full transcript and more cybersecurity tips to help protect your business.

Marissa Explains IT All: Episode 7

“How do you spot a phishing email?”


  1. “Check who the email is coming from. Not just the display name – the actual email address. If you just look at the display name, you can get fooled.
    1. Look for misspellings.
    2. Is it actually coming from where you expected?
    3. Is it coming from a Gmail or another public domain? (Most companies have their own domain.)
  2. Look at the actual email itself. Poorly written emails are a big red flag. We’re not looking at spelling because we have spell-check and we have translation tools that help us get the right words. Grammar is actually a big red flag. If it smells like a threat, then it is a threat.
  3. Check the links because they want you to do something. You can hover over the link to see where it takes you. If it’s not a good link – don’t go. If you’re on a mobile device, you can hold down and it will give you a preview of the link.”

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