While anti-virus and spam filtering programs can prevent a vast
majority of the problems that can show up in email, some basic
“house cleaning” and prevention tips can go a long way in warding
off these malicious attacks.
Below are some helpful tips for managing your email and
descriptions of the major types of attacks and scams.
You can also check out this link to a Microsoft article on “How
Outlook helps protect you from viruses, spam, and phishing”.
Keep in mind that you should contact the
if you encounter any major issues, or need help with configurations.
Only open email attachments that come from a trusted source and that
Delete all unwanted messages without opening
Keep security patches up to date
If you suspect an email is spam, do not respond, just delete it
Consider disabling the email’s preview pane and reading emails in
Be extremely wary of emails asking for confidential information
Confirm the authenticity of a suspicious request before responding
Email Spam is the electronic version of junk mail. It involves
sending unwanted messages, often unsolicited advertising, to a large
number of recipients. Spam is a serious security concern as it can
be used to deliver Trojan Horses, Viruses, Worms, Spyware, and
targeted phishing attacks.
Malware is a category of malicious code that includes Viruses,
Worms, and Trojan Horses. Destructive Malware can utilize popular
communication tools to spread, including Worms sent through email
and instant messages, Trojan Horses from web sites, and
Virus-infected files downloaded from peer-to-peer connections.
Malware will also seek to exploit existing vulnerabilities on
systems making their entry quiet and easy.
Phishing is essentially an online con game and phishers are nothing
more than tech-savvy con artists and identity thieves. They use
SPAM, malicious Web sites, email messages and instant messages to
trick people into divulging sensitive information, such as bank and
credit card accounts.