Start Here
Explore Avila

Phishing Emails

Phishing Emails

How to identify viruses in emails to avoid possibly opening and getting infected with the virus.

  1. Look at the sender’s email address – These email addresses can be spoofed to look like someone you know, but also, they could be one that has a different country’s domain on it (, or
  2. Look at the Subject line – Does it create a sense of urgency? These are typically viruses. Does it have 1 word in it but appears to be a response like “Re: Document”? Final Warning – This is also a tall tell sign of a virus.
  3. Look at the body of the message – If the sender is a recognized sender, does it follow their normal emailing criteria – Does it have a salutation – is it directed to you specifically, or is it generic (Hi, vs Hi Adam,). Does it have a signature for the person who sent it? Does it match the name of the person you identified in the email address above? Does it have the company’s contact information and/or graphics that you’ve been accustomed to seeing if you’ve received mail from them before?
  4. Look at the content of the body – Is it just asking you to open a file or go to a website link?
  5. Look at the direction of the message – Does it ask you to open the attached file? Does it create a sense of urgency? With viruses, the purpose of the body is to entice you to open the attachment. A common method is by fear and urgency.
  6. Look at the attachment – is it a zip file? Is it a PDF? Is it a docx or doc? – how big is it? If it’s really small, around 1kb to 22kb, it is most likely a virus – couple this information with the above identifying marks above and you will have a very good indication that it’s a virus. This is not always the case anymore as I saw 1 virus that had a 440kb PDF attachment, but if you looked at the rest of the steps outlined above, it failed 2,3,4 and 5.

View full size of the image

The Avila Promise

  • Tuition Protection
  • 4-Year Graduation Guarantee
  • Internship or Research Guarantee
  • Up to $1,000 Travel Award


That’s the Avila Promise.


Class of 2023

Avila University class of 2023

Join the Class of 2023 Facebook group to keep up on all things Avila all summer long.

Join here>>

Commencement Activities


Grads at 2019 Commencement

Congratulations Class of 2019!

To see photos from our celebration of the 102nd graduating class,

visit our Flickr page >>

Student Profile: Colin Hendricks


Colin Hendricks

Turning Avila experiences into a position as a user experience (UX) designer in the Cerner Business Apprenticeship program. 
Read more about Colin's experiences here.  

AU News

Avila University - SOAR 2018

Reach Your
Full Potential

Want to know more about Avila University and the Avila Promise?
Fill out the form below.

Clicking the "Request Information" button below constitutes your express written consent to be called and/or texted by Avila University at the number you provided, regarding furthering your education. You understand that these calls may be generated using automated technology.