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Beware of macros in Microsoft Office documents

Macros are powerful, useful commands in Microsoft Word and Excel. Nevertheless, they can also be used to distribute ransomware. Consider restricting them from within the applications if you regularly receive a lot of documents and spreadsheets and aren’t certain of their safety.

Watch out for phishing emails related to Microsoft Teams

As part of Office 365, Teams is a widely used collaboration tool. Its popularity has made it a common vector for phishing attacks. Look out for strange emails saying you’ve missed a message in Teams and containing embedded links for replying within Teams. If you’re unsure about whether you have important messages to read, open […]

Check recent activity on your Outlook.com account

Worried that someone might have accessed your Outlook.com email account? It’s easy to see where and when you (or anyone else) signed into it. Simply use the official Activity page to view all recent successful logins, plus any security challenges (such as asking for another authentication factor) for your account.

Request a single-use code for your Outlook.com account on shared computers

While it’s not advisable to sign into your personal email account on a shared machine, there are some precautions that can reduce the risk of doing so. For Outlook.com, choose to sign in with a single-use code instead of a password. You’ll need a linked mobile number to complete this process.

Look for the “trusted sender” icon in Outlook.com

If you use Outlook.com for your personal email, be sure to take advantage of its built-in phishing protections. One of the most useful is a green shield icon next to the text “This message is from a trusted sender.” Also look out for yellow (spam) and red (fraud) icons.

Keep your Microsoft account password fresh

Protecting your most valuable accounts with frequent password updates can help reduce the risk of unauthorized access. Log into your Microsoft account online. From the Security page, select the “Change password” option. Once you do, check the box that says, “Make me change my password every 72 days.”