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1.5.6 A virus in your e-mail

Viruses travel using e-mail but they cannot be transported through a text only message.

The only way a virus can be carried in an e-mail is through an attachment. The attachment will show up in the e-mail as a paper clip, or a small picture (icon) of a piece of paper.

If you don't recognise the e-mail address of the person sending you the attachment you should be very wary of what the attachment contains. Even if the attachment comes from someone you know, unless you were expecting it, check with them before you open it.

People who make viruses often use tricks to encourage you to open the attachment, such as pretending it is a joke or a picture of something funny. They may also try to trick you by using wording such as ‘Urgent’ or ‘Read now’ to make you open the attachment.

The golden rule is don't open any attachment unless you are confident you know what it is, or trust who has sent it to you. Delete any messages you don't trust and you will be saving yourself a lot of trouble.


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