How To Block Spam Within Outlook

If you receive a large amount of spam email  from a specific sender, you can block that sender within Outlook.  Blocking a sender causes all email from that sender to automatically move into the Junk Mail folder.  To block a sender, simply follow these steps:

  1. Right click on the spam message in your list emails.
  2. Near the bottom of the pop-up menu, you should see Junk.
  3. Hovering over that with your mouse brings up multiple options.
  4. Click on Block Sender.

If a message is sent to your Junk E-Mail folder by mistake, you can follow the same steps and choose to never block the sender.

The bottom option on the pop-up list is for advanced options.  From there you can change options about links, suspicious domain names, and permanently deleting junk mail (not recommended), as well as deciding how strict filtering should be.  The other tabs at the top allow you to edit your safe and blocked senders lists.  You can add individual email addresses (spammer@spammer.com) or domain names (@whatever.com).  Adding domain names will allow/block all email addresses from that domain, no matter who sent it.

For more information please visit: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/overview-of-the-junk-e-mail-filter-HP010355048.aspx

–Education IT

How To Block Spam With PureMessage

Occasionally spam email messages will slip through the Purdue PureMessage spam filter.  If there is a specific spam sender that you need to block, you can follow these steps to block the sender:

  1. Go to the PureMessage portal: https://spamq.purdue.edu
  2. Log in with your Purdue career account
  3. Click on the option labeled “Blocked Senders” (on the left)
  4. Add an email address to block (or you can block the entire domain using “@whatever.com”)

As long as the sender’s email address and/or domain does not vary (a technique spammers use), they should be blocked in the future.

–Education IT

Secure Destruction of Electronic Media

Did you know that Electronic media with University data on it must be physically destroyed? This means that not only must the data be destroyed beyond any ability to recover that data, but the physical media device (such as a jump drive, CD or DVD, or tape, etc.) must also be destroyed. Electronic media that has had University data on it may not be sold or given to anyone outside of the University.  For more info see:

http://www.purdue.edu/securePurdue/dataDestruction/howto.cfm#ElectronicMedia

Beware of Seasonal Scams and Malware

Dear College of Education,

As millions of shoppers begin looking for great deals this holiday season, the Education IT team wants to remind everyone to be on the lookout for scams, phishing schemes, and malware.  Below are a couple of articles that touch on the subject.   Be alert and have a restful and enjoyable holiday season!

–Education IT

Cyber Monday: Beware the malware

http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20023728-245.html

Scammers are ready for unsuspecting online shoppers to be hunting for holiday bargains that hit on what has become known as Cyber Monday (given that more than 40 percent of you will be buying holiday gifts online, according to this survey). There will no doubt be malware hiding on retail sites, fake sites created just for distributing viruses and Trojans, and e-mails with malware-laden attachments and links leading to nastiness…

See:  http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20023728-245.html

Holiday Season Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns

http://www.us-cert.gov/current

added to us-cert.gov on November 18, 2010 at 02:17 pm

In the past, US-CERT has received reports of an increased number of phishing scams and malware campaigns that take advantage of the winter holiday and holiday shopping season. US-CERT reminds users to remain cautious when receiving unsolicited email messages that could be part of a potential phishing scam or malware campaign.

These phishing scams and malware campaigns may include but are not limited to the following:

  • electronic greeting cards that may contain malware
  • requests for charitable contributions that may be phishing scams and may originate from illegitimate sources claiming to be charities
  • screensavers or other forms of media that may contain malware
  • credit card applications that may be phishing scams or identity theft attempts
  • online shopping advertisements that may be phishing scams or identity theft attempts from bogus retailers

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to use caution when encountering these types of email messages and take the following preventative measures to protect themselves from phishing scams and malware campaigns:

See:  http://www.us-cert.gov/current

How to Avoid the Latest Virus Threat – AntiVirus 2010

Computer viruses can be anywhere and infect our machines with just a single click of the mouse.  Using traditional Anti-Virus programs and guidelines (such as not opening strange emails, etc.) certainly help keep us protected.  However, a new threat has emerged that is particularly tricky: Antivirus 2010.        

Even though it claims to be good software, Antivirus 2010 is malware!!!        

Antivirus 2010 comes in many varieties, but they all have the same basic components.  The virus spreads via infected websites, and sometimes the only way to tell if a website is infected is when the virus tries to infect your machine.  The way it tries to install itself is very clever…     

The first thing that happens is that a screen will pop up saying that you are infected with a virus.  Typically, it looks something like this:        

AntiVirus 2010 warning (click to enlarge)

  

Now, most people’s first instinct is likely going to be to click on the “System Scan” or “Update Now” button to clean the infection.  However, clicking on either of those buttons will actually install the virus.  In fact, even clicking the red x at the top of the window may install the virus.  It will then start looking like it is actually scanning your computer.  However, it is just installing the virus.  Eventually, it will tell you that more viruses were found and that you need to purchase the full version of the software to fully clean your computer.  This is just an attempt to steal your credit card number.        

So, what should you do when you see this type of warning pop up on your computer?       

Actually, you should do exactly what you should do if you see the actual McAfee virus warning pop up on your computer (see screenshot below):    

Don’t click anything and call EdIT right away!    (Our phone number is 765-494-2658) 

Education IT will stop by and investigate and let you know if the warning is real.  Usually, if you haven’t clicked anything, we can shut down the computer and prevent the virus from installing.     

If it is actually McAfee telling you that there is a virus on your computer, then we need to see what the virus is in order to take care of it properly.        

This is what McAfee looks like. It is very similar to the virus screen. (click to enlarge)

  

Remember, a 10 minute visit by an Education IT staff member could save you from having to spend a day without your computer while it is being re-installed.  So don’t hesitate to give us a call:  765-494-2658  

Thank you and happy computing!!!    

— Education IT