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You may already be aware that you should not open email attachments with an extension such as ".exe", but did you know that even PDFs or Word Documents can be rendered unsafe to open? Opening these attachments from senders with malicious intent can cause your computer (and any networks to which you are connected) to be compromised, hacked or even riddled with ransomware.
What are the unsafe file types to look out for? This question is better answered by listing file types that are generally considered to be safe to open. The truth is that almost all file types are at risk of being “booby-trapped” to attack your computer or device.
The general rule is to NEVER open an email attachment if you do not know who it came from or why you received it.
How can I tell if an attachment is safe to open?
Stop Look Think
- Don't be fooled
The KnowBe4 Security Team