Phishing emails are typically fraudulent email messages that claims to come from legitimate and reputable companies or enterprises in an attempt to induce the user into revealing private information like passwords, credit card numbers and other account updates. Unknown to the victim, the perpetrators use this information for malicious activities such as identity theft, credit card skimming etc.
This is a common practice and if you’re use to sending email messages to others, I believe you might have come across phishing email at one point in time. That being said, protecting yourself from these scams is very important.
Though there are many security and third-party tools that can help you avoid phishing email but as a Gmail user, there’s a simple technique you can perform yourself.
Authenticated recipients are generally the target of phishing emails and Gmail possess one good feature – labeling email messages coming from authenticated recipients. So to enable this feature, follow the below process.
How to avoid Phishing Email in Gmail
- Click on the gear icon at the top right corner of the Gmail window and then select “settings” from the drop down list.
- Select the “labs” tab and locate “available labs”.
- Under, you’ll see a sentence that reads: “Authentication icon for verified senders” with two options – “Enable” and “Disable”.
- By selecting “Enable”, a small key or padlock symbol will be displayed next to authenticated emails.
- Now go back to your inbox and open an email.
- Click the small arrow below the sender’s email address. Look out for these two fields,“mailed-by” and “signed-by” to verify the authenticity of the sender.
- If you happen to see a question mark (?) next to the sender’s name, there’s a possibility the message is malicious. But if you are to proceed, please do that with caution.
That’s it! I hope this article was helpful.
What about you? Which other method do you use or recommend? We’ll be glad to see them in your comments.