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Use the newest versions of Microsoft Office and other popular apps

Microsoft Office and productivity software in general are both magnets for cyberattacks, since they’re so common, meaning any successful attempt will have huge ripple effects. If possible, you should use the newest versions of these applications, as they’re much more secure than their predecessors and are patched against many known vulnerabilities.

Be vague in your auto-reply message

It’s common when out of office or on a trip to set up an auto-reply message for any emails you may receive while you’re away. You can set up these messages to say nearly anything, but keep in mind that you shouldn’t give out specifics about where you’ll be or otherwise for safety reasons, as […]

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 account

Worried that someone might have accessed your 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 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, choose to sign in with a single-use code instead of a password. You’ll need a linked mobile number to complete this process.