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Malicious and junk email

Important advice is available in the 'Security' section on protecting yourself against phishing and malware delivered in an email.

In particular be very careful about opening attachments, or web links in messages, as these are a common way of spreading malware. Make sure that you keep your antivirus and other anti-malware software up to date (it is available free in the University) – however you should also note that such software may lag behind the malware. If you receive an attachment you were not expecting, even if it appears to come from a friend, do not open it until you have checked it with up-to-date virus/malware checking software. It is also a good idea to check with the sender that the message and attachment were sent intentionally.

Occasionally the mail may be more threatening or of a personal nature. If this is the case, then guidelines on what to do about harassing email are available.

Last updated: August 2016