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Use caution when providing your personal information

Emails that appear to come from a legitimate source and websites that appear to be legitimate may be malicious. An example is an email claiming to be sent from a system administrator requesting your password or other sensitive information or directing you to a website that requests your information. Online services (e.g., banking, ISPs, retailers) […]

Turn off or reduce Facebook emails

Facebook sends a lot of emails. If you don’t like them filling up your inbox, you can turn them off on Facebook’s site at Settings -> Notifications -> Email. Doing so will also make it easier to spot any fake emails in the future, from services claiming to be Facebook.

Unsubscribe from unwanted and possibly dangerous emails

If you’ve signed up for online accounts and services, you likely get plenty of emails, some of them interesting and others not so much. It’s important to unsubscribe from, or block outright, any emails that look like phishing attempts (e.g., asking you to reply with personal information). Most emails from mailing lists have unsubscribe buttons […]

Disable tracking images from untrusted marketers

Many marketing emails contain invisible pixels for gauging if someone opened them. These can help ensure, through targeting, that recipients see only the most relevant emails. However, if you’re concerned about tracking, you can turn them off. Explore your email client’s settings for one that disables all images/remote content, or do so on a message-by-message […]

Use caution with email attachments and untrusted links

Users clicking on a malicious email attachment or a link commonly spread Malware. Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re sure they’re safe, even if they come from a person you know. Be especially suspicious of attachments with sensational names, emails that contain misspellings, or emails that try to entice you into clicking […]

Don’t give away too much info in your out-of-office reply

You might have set up an email auto responder for anyone who messages you while you’re on vacation or otherwise not checking your workplace email. Don’t reveal too much information in these messages, as it might tip off someone to your whereabouts and facilitate theft or vandalism at your home.