Phishing attacks attempt to coerce information from users. They are especially sinister because they use personalized messages to target specific users or businesses. Unlike spam emails, which are typically generic in nature, phishing attacks can yield major results because messages are so convincing.

 

Phishing is BIG business! With a review of the year’s most clicked subject lines, we looked for trends that could easily be identified. The five subject line categories that appeared quarter-over-quarter related to: deliveries, passwordscompany policies, vacation, and IT Department (in the wild) emails.

 

 

Some of the most common 'In the Wild' attacks in this period were:

Here’s a look at the Top 10 Most-Clicked General Email Subjects in Q4 2018: 

Be sure to protect yourself by double checking the sender’s name, full email address and URLs. You should suspect malicious intent if the sender is asking for any personal information or money, also, if there are spelling mistakes or a strong sense of urgency to respond, you are likely the almost-victim of a phishing scam. Don’t give them any information and make sure you mark the email as spam. If you have any questions or suspicions about an email you receive, feel free to contact us. 

 For a full infographic on these most common phishing attempts, click here.