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Office 365 email will begin blocking potentially dangerous files Monday

In the latest effort to protect University networks and data from increasingly sophisticated attacks, Office 365 email filtering will be modified to begin blocking potentially dangerous files on Monday, March 3.

Information Technology is activating filters that will block certain kinds of files that are often used to launch malware attacks. (Learn more here: http://oit.wvu.edu/office365/attachments/.)

Employees and staff using Office 365 email will no longer be able to receive or send these potentially dangerous kinds of files.

On the rare occasions that employees need to send executable files, they should do so securely and through the University-approved tool, FileLocker. Log in using MyID credentials here: http://it.wvu.edu/services/filelocker.

If a particular need is not addressed by this solution, please contact the IT Service Desk at (304) 293-4444.

This change in filtering applies only to the email systems used by the main WVU campus, WVU Tech and Potomac State College of WVU.

This additional layer of protection does NOT eliminate all potential virus and hacking threats, so please continue to use caution. Learn more about best practices here: http://it.wvu.edu/security/defend-your-data

Please forward any suspicious-looking emails to DefendYourData@mail.wvu.edu for review, even if the sender appears to be legitimate.

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