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How to spot phishing emails before it is too late
Phishing emails are emails which usually pretend to be from a well-known company (e.g. Google, Apple, Microsoft) which ask the user to click and link in the email and supply personal information such as a password or account number of a bank. It is really an email from a hacker seeking to capture one's password or personal information in order to break into your account or steal your identity. In other words they are fishing for information. If we are click happy and click the link in the body of the email without thinking and provide the information then we give away a password or personal information which can be useful to the hacker. In order to protect yourself from these attacks then please see this article by imore which although is written for the mac apple computer has application to any computer/email account:
By the way, it is also possible to receive phishing emails via text messages over your phone too (they will have a phishing link in the text message).
Hope that helps. Any questions just let me know.