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Email security protection trial - Microsoft Safelink

19 Apr 2021

To help protect you and the whole University, USC will be trialling Microsoft Safelink security protection tools over the next month.

This won’t affect your studies, but you may notice some slight differences in the way your email links display.

If you hover over a link, it may show a URL address that will look similar to https://aus01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/ followed by the full URL.

Seeing safelinks.protection.outlook.com means the link has passed Microsoft's filtering, but scams can still sneak through on occasion.

Remember to think before you click. If you are ever unsure, do not click the link and contact the Student IT Help desk for advice.

Check out the following tips to stay smart online by protecting yourself and your information.

Protect your identity

Identity thieves can ruin the chances of getting a mortgage by taking out and defaulting on, car loans, credit cards or mobile phone plans in your name. Some victims find themselves unable to travel or obtain visas because they are accused of fraud, traffic offences or other crimes not only in their home country but also abroad.​ Identity thieves can also pretend to be you, embarrassing or misrepresenting you on socials.

Scammers target people from all backgrounds, ages and income levels.

Don’t make it easy for identity thieves. Protect yourself by following some simple tips, such as securing your paper trail to protect your identity documents, mail and other personal information. Check out this video to learn some more.

Stop scam emails

You are our last line of defence, outsmart the scammers by not clicking!

Despite the number of emails you may receive, you need to stay alert, and read emails cautiously – especially if they ask you to take some sort of action on your computer such as clicking a link, downloading a file, installing a new app or changing a system setting.

To prevent being scammed or phished (that’s where you get tricked into giving confidential information to the wrong person, e.g., via a phoney website), it is important that you ensure that the sender really is who they say they are. Take this quick quiz and find out how good you are at detecting one. Oh - and this link is safe, we promise.

Password management

Do you use a password manager? No doubt you are probably already drowning in passwords relating to the many accounts you maintain to access a variety of services including social media, email and other apps or accounts you use on your mobile and computer.

When you have lots of passwords to remember, it’s easy to get into the habit of using the same (or at least very similar) passwords for every account. This could mean if one of your accounts gets hacked, the person who hacked it immediately knows how to get into all your other accounts as well.

A password manager automatically chooses and remembers a strong and different password for each account. It also helps to stop you from accidentally putting passwords into imposter or phishing sites, because the password manager keeps a record of the correct web page to use for each account.

This article reviews and rates password managers, The Best Password Managers to Secure Your Digital Life.

Remember to pick a really good password for the password manager itself!

Keep your systems updated, enable automatic updates

Updates fix problems in your operating system software and apps. Out-of-date and unpatched devices are especially vulnerable to viruses and hackers.

To protect yourself, follow these 3 best practices:

  1. Turn on automatic updates for your computer, device, antivirus, and all apps that you have.
  2. Install updates when your programs tell you they are available.
  3. Shut down or restart your computer once a week. This helps make sure software and security updates are properly installed to protect your computer and keep it running smoothly.