Opening Risky Attachments
An article from the March 14th issue of FAU Announcements of General Interest:
Use caution with email attachments and be wary of downloadable files on web sites. Do not open email attachments that you were not expecting, especially if they are from people you do not know. If you decide to open an email attachment, scan it for viruses first (see Using Caution with Email Attachments for more information). Not only is it possible for attackers to “spoof” the source of an email message, but your legitimate contacts may unknowingly send you an infected file. Also, avoid downloading files from web sites that you do not trust. If you are getting the files from a supposedly secure site, look for a web site certificate (see Understanding Web Site Certificates for more information). If you do download a file from a web site, consider saving it to your computer and manually scanning it for viruses before opening it. If you see any signs of an infection starting in your computer, use ALT F4 to safely terminate the suspect process — this is safer than clicking on the X to try and close the process. For more information about cybersecurity and safe computing, visit http://www.fau.edu/irm/network/safe_computing.php.