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Email and IM Safety

Overview

Why are cybercriminals turning to IM?

Hackers like to target instant message (IM) users because they can use network ports that are already open for the IM client, instead of having to open suspicious new ports.

Why is it a problem?

Instant messaging (IM) is an increasingly popular way for cybercriminals to distribute worms, viruses, and Trojans, and to commit fraud.

How do I protect my email and IM from hackers?

Configure your AntiVirus software to automatically scan all email and IM attachments and downloaded files. Never open attachments from people you don't know. Even if you know the sender, contact them to confirm the file is trustworthy. Beware of spam-based phishing schemes-never click on links in emails or instant messages.

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Be smart when using IM programs.
If you use an IM program to communicate with friends and family, be careful when sending any personal information. Protect yourself by using a nickname for your IM screen name. Never accept strangers into your IM groups.

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