How to Check if an Email to You is Valid

Phishing attacks happen when a malicious source tries to get you to provide private information by pretending to be a legitimate company, coworker, or someone else you trust. We’ve seen very official looking email that looked like it was from Wells Fargo, Chase Bank, Verizon, Target and more that were fake. They often look like official emails, websites, tweets, or Facebook posts, and can steal your personal information if you’re not on the lookout.

Digital Opera and some of the other companies you use do send email notifications from time to time, so it is always worth checking the content of the email for the following details:

  • Check the web address (URL) before you click on a link. On a web browser, hover over the link and look at the URL that shows up on the bottom of your browser. Is it pointing to a page at or the real web address of the place you do business with?
  • Digital Opera emails will sometimes come from “”, “” and “” all of which are domains we own.
    • is where our product lives, and it is common practice for companies to choose different domains for sending emails and hosting landing pages. Doing so allows us to protect the original domain from security threats.
  • Only type your password into a website after confirming that it is the website you want, not one that was created to look like Digital Opera or another business you normally work with.
    • Check the domain name for typos (such as “”).
    • You can also click the lock next to the domain name and view the SSL certificate information which will validate that it is on the right domain you wanted.