Protecting Your E-mail
A. Disposable e-mail account:
- Set up a personal e-mail account with a free e-mail service like Gmail.
- If you do any internet shopping, use this e-mail address for sending information.
- If there are non-Bates related web forms, use this address as well.
- If this address becomes the target of SPAM, then abandon it for a new one.
B. Fake sender:
- Mail may not come from the stated sender. Email addresses can be spoofed, appearing to be from someone that you know.
- Be especially careful if it has an attachment. Never give your personal information even if it seems to come from a legitimate source.
C. SPAM: don’t answer:
- If no one answered SPAM mail, it would eventually stop. Many SPAM offers are fraudulent and millions of dollars are stolen each year.
- Never click on the unsubscribe button in a SPAM mail. This only show the spammer that it is a live address and you get put on more lists.
D. SPAM marking:
- Bates Gmail automatically labels the e-mail that Gmail believes to be SPAM and moves it to your Spam folder.
- Gmail can be taught to recognize SPAM and automatically move it to your SPAM folder. You can do this by marking messages with the “Report Spam” button.
- If Gmail marks a message as SPAM that is not SPAM, you can use the “Not Spam” button to teach Gmail not to put the message in your SPAM folder.
- Verify who the email is from. Make sure you know who the email and attachment is from.
- Look at the name of the attachment and make sure it looks like a valid file name.
- If the file ends in a .exe, .vb, .vbs, and .zip be VERY careful about opening the attachment.
- If you’re not sure, contact the person and verify with them that they sent you an attachment that you are meant to look at.