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Which Email Attachments are Generally Safe to Open?

Nowadays more email users have viruses from opening email attachments from unknown and untrusted sources. Therefore (CISA) USA`s Cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency warns and lectures at the same time, that by opening malevolent email attachments you enable hackers, to steal your sensitive information like your credit card, bank account information, and worse. Within this article, you will find information on.and how to protect you and your device by doing a Windows 10 scan on an attachment you don`t trust.

Steer clear from Email Attachments marked as Spam

It is better for you to ignore Email Attachments marked as spam or those that are in your spam folder. Generally, most email service providers (Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo mail) scan email attachments added to your email for viruses. With all the safety measures built-in email clients nowadays, it’s practically unheard of to get a virus with your email. If it happens it`s properly because you still use old software.You first had to open an attachment or click on a link before it acts, And solve the issues of which email attachments are safe to open.

Peruse only email Attachments from known sources

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of America warns anyone email client uses not to open email attachments from unknown sources. It is to protect yourself and your information. They also advise careful scrutiny of the sender’s email address prior to opening the attachment. Hackers are resourceful and have the ability to fake email addresses and let it looks like it is from your boss, family, or a known company. Example: If you received an email from say Google then the return email address should read google.com

If it is not the same as in the sender’s name don`t open the attachment. The U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says you will be able to discern emails as fraudulent by spelling and grammar mistakes. You can also watch if your full names are addressed correctly and if it is wrongly spelled it is another warning.

An email with no written content with only an attachment serves as another red flag. Hackers nowadays are so well adapted technically they even have the know-how on taking over an email account and ‘spoof’ you from it with attachments. In this case, the FBI suggests you should contact the sending address and confirm their legitimacy before you click on it. In most cases, the sender would have a website and there would be a contact us feature through which you can get the authenticity of the email attachment.

Peruse only Email Attachment with Safe File Extensions

Usually, it`s the last letters appearing in a file name that allows your computer the knowledge on which application can open the file. Read the post for.

However, it`s important to be aware that even if an image looks safe, it may be a disguised spoof file. Open only attachments from known sources, or if it is an attachment that you expect.

If you want to edit the document you will activate the macro manually by clicking the Enable Content button. However, Microsoft warns you not to do it, unless you are certain what the activated content will do.

Implementable files: The most destructive file that Hackers attach to emails is this Implementable file. If you open such a file on your computer rest assured it contains malware. If you perhaps use a Mac, watch out for DMG files, hackers love those and always use them to install malware.

Compressed files: ZIP or RAR extensions are also dangerous to open. Most times it`s impossible to know what the files contain before you open them. .

Steer clear of Email extensions with double extensions: There is an email extension that will look safe at first, however, upon looking closer you will see the file name has two extensions. Some might look as if it`s an image with a name like “file.png.exe.” This indicates that it`s not a PNG file, but it`s an EXE file. Always look for the last extension at the end of the file name. It will indicate what type of file it is. Files with such double extensions most surely contain some viruses. Do not open it, however, if you want to check it out, scan it first for safety’s sake. Follow here on how:

Scan Email Attachments on Windows 10:

To scan you must download the file but leave it closed. Right-click on it, then choose Scan with Microsoft Defender.

When you`ve opened a destructive Attachment – What now?

If this happens change your email password quickly and immediately. Contact the businesses you do business with especially your finance institutions. Tell them what happened and warn them to be careful. Run the anti-virus immediately. If you don`t have one installed, download and install one and run it. ASAP

Conclusion: Be always on the lookout for scams and possible cyberattacks when you are online and wherever you work with what you deemed important material to you. Inform yourself about scams and way`s the cybercriminals use to win you over.  

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