Is that Microsoft email actually a phishing attack?

You're no stranger to the dangers hiding in your email. But did you know that even an email appearing to be from Microsoft could turn into a disaster?

Microsoft, the well-known tech company, is now the most copied brand for phishing attacks. Cybercriminals send deceptive emails with harmful links or files to steal your data.

Although Microsoft isn't at fault, you and your team must be cautious of anything suspicious.

In the second quarter of 2023, Microsoft became the prime target for fake brands, making up a huge 29% of phishing attempts.

It's ahead of Google (19.5%) and Apple (5.2%). Together, these three giants make up over half of all fake brand attacks.

So, what does this mean for your business?

While there's a rise in fake emails affecting Windows and Microsoft 365 users, careful attention can shield you from identity theft and fraud.

Although the most copied brands change, cybercriminal tactics usually don't. They mimic logos, colors, and fonts, using domains that look real. But, careful checking often reveals typos – signs of a scam.

One new trick claims unusual activity on your Microsoft account, leading you to a dangerous link. These links aim to steal your login details and more.

Despite tech firms being top targets, cybercriminals are also focusing on finance. Wells Fargo and Amazon were among the top five phishing targets in Q2 2023, accounting for 4.2% and 4% of attempts.

How can you guard your business?

The solution is simple. When facing phishing, take it slow. Check URLs, domains, and message content for inconsistencies.

If you need help keeping your team alert, reach out to us. We're here to help you stay safe.

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