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Email Security

Email Security

Viruses and other malicious programs are often spread through email.  Any email you weren't expecting should be treated with suspicion, even if it comes from someone you know.

Never open an email attachment from someone you do not know.  Delete it.  Be sure your antivirus software scans your emails.  Never forward letters.  A chain letter is a letter sent to several persons with a request that each send copies of the letter to other persons.  Never forward virus warnings, as they may not be legitimate.  Never use the "Unsubscribe" feature of Spam emails or reply to Spam mails because by doing so, you confirm the validity of your email address and the spammer can keep on sending you unsolicited commercial email.  The proper way to deal with Spam is to delete it.  You can also forward spam that you receive in your WKU email account to

Learn to Recognize Phishing

Phishing is a technique used to steal passwords or personal information by tricking you into revealing the information.  NEVER send passwords, social security numbers, or other sensitive information through email to ANYONE.  Use your own bookmarks to access banking and other secure sites instead of clicking links sent via email.  When in doubt, confirm with a trusted source before entering your information into a website.

This site offers a vast amount of information on phishing.  Please see the links to the left for more information.

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 Last Modified 8/26/16