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E-mail safety
  • Change your password often. The quick act of changing your password can ensure your e-mail remains private. In addition, passwords that use both letters and numbers are harder to break.
  • Don't share your password. Most e-mail administrators will not ask for your password. Do not be fooled by malicious e-mails asking you for your password. This is a well-known, although not-too-common, trick designed to fool you into sharing your password. As a rule, never share it with anyone.
  • Never open attachments from unknown sources. They may contain what are known as "letterbombs" or "viruses," which can damage your PC.
  • Always remember to sign out when you are done. It's quick, easy and may save your account from unwanted trespassers.
  • Don't reply to unsolicited messages ("spam") mail, or other harassing or offensive mail. By responding, you only confirm that you are a person with an active e-mail address who can be plagued with constant unwanted e-mail solicitations. Instead, forward the unsolicited message to the GroupWise system administrator at To help control spam, GroupWise provides users with "rules" which can target incoming mail and filter for spam by nabbing e-mail messages that include certain words and sending them directly to your trash folder.
  • Never open an executable file that is attached to an e-mail message. It is very easy for hackers to embed a program in a cute little executable file to gain control of your computer system. This is done often and you are more of a target than you realize.
  • Install virus protection software to your computer so that any attached files or downloaded files can be scanned before they are opened or "ran" (as in an executable file).

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