Email spoofing: What is it, its dangers, examples, and protection?

Jorge Felix  - Cybersecurity Expert
Last updated: November 7, 2023
Read time: 9 minutes

Email spoofing is an annoying strategy employed by hackers. It makes a false email look authentic by meddling with its metadata. This article explains all you need to know about it in detail.

Email spoofing is one of those hacks in which the victim does most of the harm. The purpose behind these is mostly to attain your confidential information. Hackers use different methods to spoof people via email today. However, it’s easily avoided by simple vigilance and reading emails attentively.

We have some bad news for you. We’re pretty sure that you’ve been emailed spoofed at least once. Email spoofing goes after everybody, targeting private individuals and big corporations alike.

So let’s see your case. Have you ever found a genuine message in your inbox, but you couldn’t be sure? Let’s say it was from somebody you know. But then it had a link asking you to do something out of character. So you must choose to click or not to click; that is the question.

And if you followed the link, everything seemed even weirder. This is the doubt the sender wants you to have. It opens the possibility for the hacker that you will follow the link and then the instructions on the target webpage. And then, you fell for it. Hopefully, when you saw the link’s target, you realized that it wasn’t legitimate after all and did nothing to compromise your security. But a lot of people do. And that’s what email spoofing is.

This article will tell you everything you need to know about email spoofing. Learn what it is, why people do it, and how to fight it successfully.

So what is email spoofing, anyway?