How to Block Phishing Emails Today
Email phishing isn’t just a scam, it is also annoying. Receiving those unwanted emails in your inbox frequently is something nobody wants to deal with. Phishing emails are the ones which compel you to provide and reveal personal information about yourself, some even going as far as to prompt you to reveal financial information. Under no circumstance should you ever reveal any personal and confidential information about yourself from websites which you don’t trust.
Phishing emails are tricky because of how misleading they can be. Often, these scam mails will closely resemble websites which you either frequently use or are already familiar with. The common things which phishing emails attempt to get from you include:
- Your username and password
- Bank account numbers
- Credit card numbers
It is important to note that verified websites, like Google, Gmail, Outlook, banking sites and more will never request that you share sensitive information like this in an email, so if you do receive such emails, that should be your first warning sign that this is probably a scam or a phishing mail.
Spam emails are definitely annoying and sometimes dangerous to those who fall for these scams, so here’s what you can do to safeguard yourself from receiving these emails:
How to Block Phishing Email in Outlook
To minimize scam emails from filtering into your inbox, here’s what you can do if you’re using the Outlook system:
- Create a Block Sender’s List:
- Right-click your Spam email
- Choose Junk from the drop menu
- Select Block Sender
- Add phishing emails to this list so they will get sent there instead of to your Inbox the next time the sender attempts to send you another phishing email.
- Use Outlook’s Create Rule feature for custom email management based on conditions which you can define.
How to Block Phishing Email in Gmail
Gmail may show warnings about emails which seem suspicious but haven’t been moved to Spam immediately. To mark an email as spam of phishing, follow the steps below:
- Open your Gmail account
- Load the message that you wish to report as spam or phishing
- Next to the Reply button, there will be a Down arrow which you can select
- Choose the option to Report Phishing
Avoiding Phishing Attacks in the Future
Spam is sometimes unavoidable, despite our best efforts. To protect yourself, always avoid any emails which request that you reveal personal information, and do not attempt to click any links provided in these emails unless you can verify for certain that it is genuine.
Whenever you get an email which appears suspicious, here is what you can do to determine if the email is authentic or not:
- Verify that the email address and the sender are an exact match, if you suspect the email could be from someone you know and not a spam after all. If it isn’t a match, it’s probably spam.
- Use your mouse to hover over the links provided in the email BUT don’t click on them. If the URL of the given link is not a match to the description of the link, you could be directed to a phishing site.