No matter how aware you are and how powerful feature Facebook introduces, your account is always on the verge of losing its security makeover. It can anytime reach into the wrong hands, unless you pay attention over its security terms. One very common and recently popular method of cracking Facebook user name and password is sending phishing emails.
As we all are aware of the fact that Facebook sends email notification for every important thing that happens with that digital profile of our world. If some hacker or a person with such a knowledge, sends a phishing email, looking just like the original one, then we can send our credentials to him by opening that particular email.
Thanks to powerful filters offered by Gmail and other email service provider that we don’t need to deal with such emails on regular basis. But, the danger is always there and so you should be able to differentiate a phishing Facebook mail from the original one.
How to Differentiate a Phishing Facebook Mail
Every phishing email, including this phishing Facebook mail, contains a URL, which is asked to be opened (clicked). You need to be extra smart over here and should never click any such link.
Rather, hover your mouse pointer on the same link, and the web browser you are using, will point out the original web URL that link is developed to redirect you. If that points out at the official Facebook website, then everything is fine. But, in every other case, you shouldn’t be clicking that link, and also you will be able to report a phishing email to your service provider.
Another way of finding a difference is by looking at the color details and logo, and trademarks, etc. It is very rare to get a phishing email with almost every similar details. So, you can easily make out a fake email by looking closer into the colors and types of logo used within the body. I can guarantee that you will find a worth difference.
In such notification emails either from Facebook or any other website, there is no way to reply them. There is no reply address, and even if it is there, then it’s always tagged with ‘no-reply’ words. It clearly means that the email sent to you is solely to offer a notification and you shouldn’t be replying to the same.
But, in a phishing email, this won’t be the case. You will easily see a sender email and reply to email address. Both will be working fine, and thus, it will give you a clear indication to make a difference.
Last thing to notice is the content of the body of the email you got. If it is official, then it will always have legit content, but in every other case, you will find fake or somewhat real content, trying to prove its genuineness. Like, most of the Facebook phishing emails notifies you that you haven’t login since a day or time, asking you to check your notifications and friend request or anything else, again.
Officially, Facebook never send such details via email. So, this is how you can make a difference and stay protected.
Few helpful tips
It is recommended from my side to keep the email notification from Facebook always closed. Move into setting having similar options and close each and every type of email alert, Facebook can send you, excluding the security ones.
This is how you will be aware of the fact that you can never receive any notification email. In case you receive any, then it is 100% phishing one and you should be reporting the same.
Also, use a popular and known email provider like Gmail, Outlook or Yahoo mail. They have strong filters and they can remove such phishing emails on their own. Or at least put it away from the main Inbox (in Spam folder). You can easily delete all such emails in a bunch without opening any of them. Also, stay away from any attached files in such emails.
Most importantly, if you are not able to make a clear decision about authenticity of an email, then you should ignore the same. And, check your mail Facebook profile by logging into the account. But, never click on any link offered into the email. This way you will be able to see if there was any such notification as notified by that email, and will be able to differentiate between a phishing Facebook mail and a genuine one.
I hope it helps you completely. In case of any further assistance, write your query in the discussion section and I will come up with a better and custom explanation to your query. Peace.