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Why You Should Download All Email Attachments to Your Desktop Before Opening?
Because of the inventive nature of hacking, the internet can now be harmful. Because hackers are always looking for new ways to get access to your system and steal your data, operating systems and applications receive security upgrades regularly. One of the first measures in safeguarding your digital identity, though, is to be extremely cautious with your email account. You should be especially cautious about which email attachments you open. Downloading email attachments to your desktop before opening them is one of the recommended practices in this regard. In reality, Microsoft Outlook 2016 now forces you to do so – until you adjust the internal settings, you won’t be able to access an attachment directly from the application. This is why.
Attachments to Emails
If you’re not careful, viruses and malware can quickly reach your machine via email. Learn why it’s a good idea to download email attachments before opening them.
Malware is Spread Through Email Attachments
Hackers have devised two methods for convincing you to open and download infected attachments. For starters, they employ sophisticated software that can guess weak passwords, allowing them to get access to possibly hundreds of email accounts. This implies you could receive an email with dangerous email attachments from a loved one or friend, and you might not hesitate to open them because you trust them. Hackers also use emails posing as big-name organizations (also known as phishing emails) or banks to trick you into opening infected email attachments. When you open the attachment, your computer will be infected with malware or a virus. It is fairly typical to receive fake UPS and FedEx notices.
Downloading Attachments Before Opening Them
When you get an email with an attachment you’re not sure about, the simplest method to minimize your risk is to save it to your desktop first. This allows you to run an anti-virus scan on the file before opening it to ensure that it is not infected. Pay great attention to any attachments that appear to have two file extensions! The three characters after the dot in the file name that defines what type of file it is are known as the file extension. Some of the most commonly used ones are and. GIF,.MP3,.DOC,.XLS,.EXE, and.MPG are examples of file types. Because a file cannot have two file extensions, the file format is determined by the last one listed. The majority of the time, files that appear to have many file formats are corrupted and infested with a virus, so be cautious while opening email attachments.
You can adjust your settings in Microsoft Outlook 2016 to open attachments immediately from an email, albeit this is not recommended. Please bear in mind that this is not recommended for your personal data’s safety and security. You can, however, learn how to adjust the settings here.
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