How to detect email malware:
One of the most common ways for viruses to enter computers is through email malware. Email malware is when a phishing email contains software intentionally designed to damage. Most commonly, it is delivered to your inbox via a link or an attachment. But how do we detect email malware?
The majority of malware emails include code or exploits which forces your computer to download malware. Other malware can be spread through drive-by downloads, automatically downloading malicious content without the users knowledge or consent. The most common types of malware are ransomware, worms, viruses, trojans and spyware.
If a phishing email is sent to you and you click on the attachment or link, malicious macros can enter your files, in turn sending personal information such as passwords and bank details to the attacker. As well as this, attackers may use malicious emails as a ransomware opportunity, encrypting the files on your device and preventing access to them. They will then demand you pay them within a specific time frame for the files to be returned.
If you think an email you receive seems suspicious in any way, follow the steps on our graphic below to ensure you don’t get caught out by cyber criminals.