SPAM mail is growing at a rapid pace throughout the country’s business and educational institutions. The occurrence of SPAM at MCC is also noticeably increasing. Some actions we all can employ to guard against SPAM and virus attacks are as follows:
- Maintain updated anti-virus protection on your home PC. This software must be updated regularly.
- If using an MCC laptop, check to see that the virus protection is updated.
- Do not give your e-mail address to any but the most trusted web sites.
- Do not attempt to remove your name from the senders address list – this only validates your e-mail address.
- Use the Contacts listing in Outlook to hold your addresses – this is server based rather than PC based.
- Move any suspected SPAM e-mail to the Abuse Mail folder in Public Folders.
- Do not initiate or accept updates to your Windows or Outlook software from any source other than ITS.
- On phishing, remember MCC or your financial institution will not ask you for your username, password, or any other personal information via e-mail. You may receive an official looking e-mail asking for this type of information, but it is a phishing attempt and should be reported to your bank for their security department to track down.
In the final analysis, if you follow all these tips, you will still receive some SPAM and messages containing viruses. All we can do is try to minimize the extent of the problem.