EMAIL Safety Practices
While most users avoid malicious email attachments, some may not be aware of the danger of URLs. To stay safe folks must treat all email attachments and websites link with the utmost caution. One accidental mouse click can lead to hours of agony, repair work, and even permanent loss of information.
Below are some general practices that have been helpful for protecton:
-- Treat all email with caution, even from folks you know
-- Avoid opening email from anyone you don't know
-- Avoid any offers that seems "too good to be true"
-- Avoid Real or Fictional News Alerts (go to the news site directly instead)
-- Any email that asks for sensitive or personal information (never send this out except through a secure web connection)
-- Avoid bills, invoices or any e-commmerce found in email. For example, spammers can get lucky find Citibank customers in their Citibank spam runs. Use the phone or a trusted web site instead.
-- Avoid any unexpected or out-of-character from someone you know. Their email address may have been spoofed or their PC may be infected.
-- Avoid email detected as Spam (as email software can detect early issues, like spoofing for example)
-- Keep AV and Firewall protection active and up-to-date (while AV protection is limited on day one of an attack, it can still help)
-- Keep Windows and other products up-to-date (as exploits may be blocked)
-- Use Text mode for email for added safety when possible
It is important to recognize that the Internet has criminals and malicious indivduals. The use of security tools plus safe practices will go a long way in protecting you from the constant attacks that are circulating.