[Solved] “Security Info Was Added” Email

If you receive an ambiguous “security info was added” email, it could be a phishing attack and you should ignore it. Also, for good measure, you should check for legitimacy, take a look at the activity of your account, change password and mark email as phishing. Read to the end if you want to protect your devices and data on them. 

Cause

In a nutshell, phishing is a type of attack in which attackers send deceptive messages to targets intending to steal data. Unsurprisingly, attackers tend to prioritize passwords, credit card details and so on. For most of the time, phishing emails claim to be coming from trusted parties (Google, Facebook, etc) and prompt people to click on links to “secure their account”. For your information, phishing emails that pretend to be originated from Microsoft often say something like “security info was added”.

Solutions

Solution 1: Ignore

If the body of a certain email contains suspicious instructions e.g click the link, ignore it. If you do what phishing emails tell you to do, you will expose your devices and their data to danger. To be thorough, delete all emails of dubious origin then empty the trash. 

Solution 2: Check For Legitimacy

Generally speaking, a number of parties do send messages containing links to people at times. One way to tell phishing emails from authentic ones is to conduct a legitimacy check: Hover the cursor over the link to reveal more details. If a “security info was added” email claims that it’s from Microsoft but the link inside it is unrelated to Microsoft, it’s a phishing email. Proceed to get rid of all phishing emails as soon as you grasp their nature. 

Solution 3: Take A Look At Account Activity

  • Step 1: Launch your web browser then visit Microsoft’s official website.
  • Step 2: Hit the profile icon on the top right and sign into your account.
  • Step 3: Go to Privacy, choose View activity then enter your password again to confirm your identity. 
  • Step 4: Scan the activity of your account. If there is nothing out of ordinary, rest assured knowing that your account is secured. 

Solution 4: Change Password

Phishing emails don’t convince you but you still have concerns about your account? In that case, feel free to change the password by going through the steps down below:

  • Step 1: Launch your web browser then visit Microsoft’s official website.
  • Step 2: Hit the profile icon on the top right and sign into your account.
  • Step 3: Go to Security then select Change my password.
  • Step 4: Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the process.

Solution 5: Mark Email As Phishing

  • Step 1: Launch your web browser then visit your email provider’s website.
  • Step 2: Sign into your account. 
  • Step 3: Open the phishing email, mark it as phishing and confirm your action. By Reporting phishing emails, you only prevent them from returning but also help others. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the attacker get target emails for phishing?

Attackers could harvest email addresses by attacking websites that require people to register accounts. Once the attackers manage to collect some emails, they should try to find out as much information as possible about name, phone number, … of email users. Afterward, attackers would craft phishing emails, put links inside and send them out en-masse. 

What are the common types of phishing attacks?

There are many ways in which phishing attacks can be executed. For instance, spear phishing usually attacks a specific group of individuals in a company like a system administrator. Besides that, smishing attack is delivered through SMS and the message could contain links, phone numbers, … Last but not least, Vishing attack is done through phone calls and it is among the most prevalent types of attacks today.

How can I  protect my data from phishing attacks?

To avoid getting ensnared by phishing attacks, you need to stay up-to-date about the techniques of attackers. While browsing the Internet, avoid disclosing your data to websites. Also, don’t panic and ask for opinions from others if you receive emails containing alerts. 

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