Protect yourself when receiving email

Let CAUTION be your watchword when using your Email Client.

NEVER click on links from sources you neither know or trust.

NEVER reply to spam or click on unsubscribe links unless you trust the sender is genuine. Instead mark the mail as junk.

NEVER assume a known source is the person you think it is.

ALWAYS use caution when clicking on email links, especially shortened URLs.

NEVER open attached files without scanning for viruses and malware.

What if you receive bounce back messages for email you never sent?

If you start to receive lots of bounce-back messages for emails you never sent, it is possible that a spammer has access to your mailbox.

There are two main ways this could have happened:

  1. they have guessed your passord by brute force, or
  2. they have captured your password using malware from either your computer or a 3rd party computer you have used to access email.

Take the following steps:

  1. Change the mailbox password.
  2. Run antivirus and malware scans on all computers used to connect to the affected mailbox.
  3. Consider deleting the affected mailbox.