Connecticut State Colleges & Universities
IT Support Center

Information Security Education and Awareness

eMail Security


Overview

Email in a primary form of communication for our organization. These emails may contain information that could include sensitive data. Since email is also a method used by deceptive individuals to deliver malware and viruses to our information systems it is imperative that our email system be secured  is therefore important to our overall Information Security Program.

Security Tips:

  • Never send your password over email.
  • Do not open unsolicited attachments
  • If you do not recognize the sender of am eMail message, don't respond
  • Be careful when opening attachments and downloading files from friends and family or accepting unknown email. To be safe, save and scan attachments before opening them.
  • Turn off all options to automatically download attachments.
  • Never click links in emails.
  • Use separate email accounts. One for personal email, one for work email, and one for signing up for contests, services, etc that may send lots of advertising.
  • Avoid sending unnecessary personal information, never send passwords, SSN or other PII
  • Don't use your personal email for work purposes
  • Check your spam folders for legitimate email caught by filters
What is SPAM?
SPAM is e-mail that is not wanted or unsolicited. It is sent to large numbers of people and consists mostly of advertising information but it may contain viruses, spyware, inappropriate material, or "scams". Because it is sent to large numbers of individuals it often clogs email systems.

CSCU uses anti spam, antivirus, anti-malware, and content filtering technologies to aleviate the amount of SPAM that is received.
To Learn more visit: http://supportcenter.ct.edu/Service/anti-spam-faq.asp