Gmail: how do you know if an email is dangerous or has a virus?

Follow these recommendations and you will be able to know if an email can be harmful or include some malware.

Gmail: how do you know if an email is dangerous or has a virus?

If you have an email from Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, or another similar service, it is very likely that you usually receive strange messages that seem to be harmless; however, they may contain malicious content. There are many types of dangerous ’emails’, from those that pose as banks (phishing), to those that attach a virus or malware to infect your computer. How to identify them?

1. See who is sending the message

Before opening a message it is advisable to check that the sender is known. If you do not know the person who sent you an email and the subject does not explain why they contacted you, it is best to distrust that message.

Some cybercriminals pose as financial entities or large companies and create emails (and web pages) similar to the originals with the aim of stealing users’ bank accounts. So be very careful.

2. Look at the wording

Most scam emails tend to have large spelling errors, some even appear to have been mistranslated from English. You can realize this by reading the message and seeing that, for example, the verbs are in the infinitive.

3. Strange attachments

To infect the devices of their victims, many cybercriminals attach dangerous files in the ‘e-mail’. If you notice that a message has an attachment that has an “ .exe ” or “ .bat ” extension, it is recommended to delete it. Also, do not trust PDF or “.doc” files, as they can disguise these dangerous extensions.

4. They ask you for personal information or want you to update it

Banks will never ask you to send them your personal information, username, passwords, credit card number, etc. Some use the pretext that you must update your information and send you a link (cloned page).

5. You won sweepstakes that you never entered

Do not believe in the messages where they inform you that you are the lucky winner of a raffle (of which you were not aware), nor in the ‘e-mails’ of a supposed Arab millionaire who wants to donate all his money since he is about to die and have no offspring.


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Written by Christina d'souza

Proofreader, editor, journalist. I have been doing my favourite thing for more than six years.

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