Email scams are popular. Phishing attacks, as these scams called, will try to manipulate you in disclosing your data. Including your login credentials, your credit card number, etc.

The problem with these attacks? It is tricky to recognize them by using only technical means. Thus, it is very important to educate your users to recognize them -or at least to be aware- of the danger.

Spear Phishing

To make it even harder, a spear-phishing attack is directed specifically to you.

The attacker collects information about you from public websites, the social media, etc., to craft a personalized message that is hard to detect.

Phishing By the Numbers


Of data breaches are because of phishing.


Of businesses reported being a victim of a phishing attack in the last year.


Of phishing messages get opened by targeted users.

The signs of a phishing email

In a phishing attack, one or more of the indicators described below are present to the message.

A couple of real-world examples

Spear Phishing Email

Even though the message looks legitimate, at first, there are a few sketchy signs: While the sender’s name is legit, the email address is irrelevant. There is a sense of urgency, and most importantly the use of language is a bit off for that particular sender (me).

Phishing Email


This phishing email is quite common and pretty obvious. There is a sense of urgency, the email address is completely irrelevant, there is a (malicious) link within the message.