Electronic Mail Security - The Truth
- Messages can be faked:
- It is possible to spoof (fake) an electronic
mail message. That is, you may receive a message from
someone that has been sent by someone else. If you
suspect that you have received a spoofed mail message,
you should contact the Information Technology Unit ITU immediately.
This is a clear violation of the Code of Conduct
for Content Providers on University Machines,
and violators will be prosecuted.
- Messages may be seen in transit:
- A person, known as a Electronic Mail Postmaster,
is in charge of making sure that mail is being properly
delivered on one or more computer systems. This person,
in doing their job, may inadvertently see a message that
is being processed by the mail delivery system.
You should never put anything in an electronic mail
message that you would mind seeing on the evening news! And, you
should definately avoid putting secure information, such as
passwords or credit card numbers, in an electronic mail message.
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Revised: Friday, 17 July 1998