Phone: (909)537-7677
Email: support@csusb.edu
E-Cards
Posted by Kenneth Baugh on 04 May 2017 04:37 PM

Beware Valentine's Day e-Cards!

With Valentine's Day around the corner e-Cards are a trendy way to show someone you care. However, this inexpensive and convenient display of affection could be a carrier of malware, spyware or spam.

How do you know?

Symptoms of e-Card are similar to email phishing attacks:

  • It is non-personalized greeting: "Dear Friend" or "Hey...."
  • Generically signed: Your Secret Admirer or Mike (any common name)
  • Sender is someone who wouldn't normally send you a card
  • By hovering over a link, it reveals an impostor website
  • There are misspelled words, awkward grammar or punctuation
  • Includes an attachment (Typical e-Cards are a link)

Advice for e-Card Senders

  • Use only reputable e-Card companies
  • Check a company's security policy on protecting your email and securing e-cards
  • Carefully read the Terms of Use by agreeing to the service you might permit the company to send messages to everyone in your address book or other unwanted activities.

What to do?

  • Confirm with the sender before opening an e-card Delete suspicious e-card announcements
  • Or report it to Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
  • Scrutinize web addresses to see if they're legitimate not faked
  • Never click on suspicious links or attachments
  • Type the e-card company website into the navigation bar to access your e-card

For more information about e-cards go to:

This tip provided by:

Information Technology Services California State University, San Bernardino