February 5, 2017
"Apple" Phishing Email
February 5, 2017
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes
Something interesting you might not know is "Apple's" phishing email.
There are a number of different emails claiming to be from Apple being sent to people. Let's say that someone signed into your iCloud or Facetime account and gave you a link to follow.
These emails are very convincing at first glance, you can see one below. However, if you look more closely you will see that the email is NOT from Apple and the links will NOT bring you to apple (I have not followed the links, but I have checked them and they won’t bring you to Apple).
As I said I have not followed the link but it most likely is trying to steal your login details, download malware onto your machine, or both.
DO NOT follow the link, you should still reset your password but do so by going actually typing apple.com into your web browser. Then you can safely sign in and change your password, or use the “Forgot your Password” link to reset it. Either way, this a great lesson is not clicking internal email links unless you know who the sender is. Also, if you know the sender, but suspect something "phishy," contact that person immediately to inquire about it. If the email came from their account but was not sent by them, they may have been hacked and should be notified.
A good rule of thumb is to change your password every 3 months for sensitive information (like your online banking, etc.), or once a year for accounts that you might not access often. Keep your security information up-to-date, and turn on 2-factor authentication when able/necessary. In the instance of phishing, it is important to reset your password as your account may have been accessed by someone else. Again, if you get an email like this, NEVER follow the link the email. Type the address of the website into your web browser and reset it that way.