10 Email Reading Tips to Keep you Safer:
- Do not open attachments unless you are 100% certain of: 1.) the sender, 2.) the purpose of the attachment.
- Never click embedded links in messages without hovering your mouse over them first.
- Note that www.microsoft.com and www.support.microsoft.software.com are two different domains (and only the first is an actual Microsoft site).
- Always check the e-mail ‘From’ field to validate the sender. This ‘From’ address may be spoofed.
- Do not “unsubscribe” – it is easier to delete the e-mail than to deal with the security risks.
- Do not respond to spam in any way. Use the Delete button.
- Do not open any e-mail attachments that end with: .exe, .scr, .bat, .com, or other executable files you do not recognize.
- Always check for so-called ‘double-extended’ scam attachments. A text file named ‘safe.txt’ is safe, but a file called ‘safe.txt.exe’ is not.
- Report all suspicious emails to your Information Technology help desk.
- Be skeptical, if the message says it’s from the IRS, FBI or even your bank, and it says clicking here to resolve an issue. Really? Something seems Phishy?
Remember, bad people WILL try and trick you through your email. If you click on something hazardous in an email, the virus scans and firewalls may not be able to catch it in time. Be a safe reader and verify messages and attachments before downloading or following links. When in doubt, do not click or open!