Saturday, May 30, 2020

Dangerous email:

One of the greatest threats to security on the ESF Campus Network is email.


NEVER open email messages with attachments that:

  1. You are not expecting
  2. You do not know the name or address of the person who sent the message.


NEVER provide information about yourself on a Web site or via email that you are not completely sure who will see the information. Always review the Privacy Policy of a Web site before giving up information about yourself.


Following these simple rules can help us all ensure a more secure environment.


ESF uses Microsoft Exchange as the Campus email management system. Users receive their email through a client program such as Microsoft Outlook (the official ESF email client), or optionally, Thunderbird, Windows Mail, Mac mail, or other email client. While many clients can connect to the ESF email system via different protocols, the only support means to access the ESF email system is via the Exchange protocol. POP3 and IMAP are inherently insecure and are not supported.

Mailboxes on the ESF email management system are automatically protected from viruses and Spam using Symantec Mail Security for Exchange. Messages passing through the ESF email system are likely to be free of known virus threats, but caution with attachments from unknow sources is extremely important.

ESF email addresses are currently derived from information in an individual user's SU NetID. Please click here for further information about ESFiDs for Faculty and Staff. In an attempt to keep mailbox and ESFiD, and SU NetID information consistent and lower the resulting administrative overhead, ESF does not support email aliases or vanity addresses.