Malware authors often use tricks to try to convince you to download malicious files. This can be an email with a file attached that tells you it is a receipt for a delivery, a tax refund, or an invoice for a ticket. It might say you have to open the attachment to get the items delivered to you, or to get money.
If you do open the attachment, you’ll end up installing malware on your PC.
Sometimes a malicious email will be easy to spot – it could have bad spelling and grammar, or come from an email address you’ve never seen before. However, these emails can also look like they come from a legitimate business or someone you know. Some malware can hack email accounts and use them to send malicious spam to any contacts they find.
To prevent your PC from being infected it’s a good idea to consider the following:
If you aren’t sure who sent you the email - or something doesn’t look quite right - don’t open it
If an email says you have to update your details, don’t click on the link in the email
Don’t open an attachment to an email that you weren’t expecting, or that was sent by someone you don’t know.
You can read more about how to avoid these types of threats at the links below: