Spam or Phishing. What’s the difference?
Understand the difference between Spam and Phishing to keep your device safe against malicious emails.
Spam emails are unsolicited bulk emails. Spammers send bulk email offers to hundreds or thousands of recipients at a time. While annoying, spamming is not nearly as dangerous as phishing, which tries to trick a user into divulging sensitive information. Phishing emails are malicious emails that aim to steal sensitive data. The emails are designed to harm a company or individual, and often take the form of a legitimate message from a trusted sender. Usually, they’ll be sent from a public email address, and most of the time they use a generic greeting. You can also look for spelling and grammar errors. Remember that the sender is trying to get sensitive information from you, so they’ll have to use some sort of a link or attachment that they want you to click or download. And let’s not forget the sense of urgency. They’ll tell you that if you don’t act now, you’ll have major issues. These threats are generally the reason most users click on links or download malicious files.