How can you tell if an email that you received is “real” or not? Technically, all emails are real. But there are emails that can brutally harm your system. In fact, recently, there was a massive email phishing attack that targeted millions of users. Fortunately, they were about to shut down this malicious email in a short amount of time and ultimately, it only affected .1 users.
“Spoofing” is a very specific type of phishing; where the email sender will format an email in a way that makes it look like it is coming from an authentic source. These hackers are really good at making you share your personal information so you have to be very careful. They are so good that sometimes you are not able to tell if it is real or not. If you receive an email that you feel is suspicious, don’t try to guess. Use Spoof to find out the email’s source.
‘Spoof’ Chrome extension can tell you who an email is from BEFORE you open it.
It works like this:
Open an email in Gmail. On the right side where you find various options such as print etc. you will find the option show original. Click on that. The extension will read header information from the email and let you know if the email is coming from an authentic sender or not by displaying a message box with the information it perceived.
Gmail > open email > show original
This is not a free extension but the cost is a mere .99. If you want to try it, they do have a free trial. You can download it by clicking here.
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Dean Da Costa is best known for his work in the highly specialized secured clearance and mobile arenas, where he has been a top performing recruiter and sourcer. Dean’s keen insight and creation of innovative tools and processes for enhancing and changing staffing has established Dean as one of the top authorities in sourcing and recruiting.