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Part 3 of 4: Dealing with Emails

1.   Don't download attachments from a source you don't know. Email attachments are the number 1 way that viruses and other malware get spread. You should never click an attachment or link in an email from someone you don't recognize. If you are unsure of the sender, get confirmation from them that the file is legitimate before downloading it.

2.   Don't download attachments from a source you DO know unless you were expecting it. Many times people will get infected with viruses that send emails without their knowledge. This means you can receive email from trusted sources but the email itself is not trustworthy. If the writing is odd or the attachment looks off, do not click it. Verify with the person that they intended to send you the attachment you received.

3.    Disable image previews. Many email applications can automatically load images for convenience, but this can leave you more vulnerable, as images can contain malicious code. You should only download the images in an email from a trusted source. Note: Some services have started changing way email images are handled, making image loading safer. Check with your mail provider for the best practices on their service.

4.   Beware of odd emails from companies you do business with. A popular phishing technique is to copy the style of a company email and include links that look similar to the regular URL, but instead send you to a fake site ("povver" instead of "power", for example). These sites then collect personal information that you thought was going to a trusted server.  Any legitimate company will never ask you for passwords or other personal information through email.

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