Security measures for holiday e-mail

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'Tis the season for holiday greetings to begin to fill our e-mail inboxes. Every year e-mail volume increases during the holiday season. This year the use of e-mail is expected to increase substantially, given the recent concerns over mail being contaminated with Anthrax.

Here are a few suggestions to help protect the network and mail system:
 Don't open any e-mail attachments from anyone you don't know.
 Don't open e-mail attachments that you are not expecting.
 Don't forward e-mails with graphics or animation. This uses large amounts of bandwidth, which can cause mail servers to slow or possibly crash.
 Don't send e-cards, which direct the recipient to the Internet to pick up their card.
 Remember that it is against our policy to participate in chain mail.

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This was first published in December 2001

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