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Cyber Security Awareness Tip #25: E-mail (PGP, Attachments, etc), IM, IRC

Today's issue revolves around the various thin communication mechanisms of e-mail, instant messaging, and IRC.  With spam taking up about 90% of all e-mail going across the Internet, what can be done to make it a reliable mechanism?  Instant messaging is increasingly being used to exploit end users and with phishing striving to look more "legitimate", instant messaging provides a crucial attack vector.  IRC is not just for botnets, how can those who use it do so safely?

Send in your tips here and I'll update the diary with the best of the best as the day goes on.

John Bambenek, bambenek -at- gmail [dot] com
University of Illinois


262 Posts
ISC Handler
Oct 25th 2007

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