Don't click on suspicious attachments, links or buttons

Clicking links or buttons, or opening an attachment, is often the beginning of a successful cyber attack. That is why it is important that we are all cautious when we perform this type of action.

  • First of all, check whether you could expect that email—from that particular sender or with that particular content.
  • Check the actual link behind the text or button by hovering over it or, on the iPad, touching the link a little longer.
  • If the link goes to an unknown or unreliable domain, don't click on it!
  • Pay attention to deliberate spelling mistakes in a domain, such as https://www.maastriichtuniversity.nl, with an extra ‘i’ in the name.
  • When opening an attachment, pay attention to whether a warning appears about unsafe content (usually a yellow bar at the top of your screen). Then be extra cautious.
  • When in doubt, ask your local ICT support officer for advice or forward any suspicious email to servicedesk-icts[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl