Avoiding Email Malware

Every day, millions of computers around the world are infected by malware transmitted over email. In many cases, this malware is disguised as a legitimate email attachment. Viruses can hide inside PDF files, images, EXE files, ZIP files, RAR files, DOCX files, XLS files and much more. Because of this, it can be very difficult to detect if a message contains a virus. Fortunately, there are a number of effective techniques that can help an individual determine if a file contains a virus. The following guide provides effective tips and tricks on how to detect if an email attachment contains a virus. 

When opening an email from a friend or colleague, it’s a good idea to make sure that the language of the email resembles something that this person would send. Many types of malware can send out automated messages from a person’s email account. These messages may use strange spelling or grammar. In addition, the content of the email may appear to be strange given the context of a relationship. For example, if an email from a friend who is in the U.S. claims to have photo attachments from a vacation that he or she didn’t go on, it could be a sign that the email was generated by malware. It’s also a good idea to make sure that messages don’t ask for money or credit card numbers. 

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