Microsoft offers advanced threat protection tools to help users protect themselves against phishing attempts and malicious links. Safe Links and Safe Attachments security features are in place at the University of Ottawa to offer an additional safety net. These features are applied to your account automatically. They help safeguard against threats in attachments and links in documents but be alert! Hackers continue to change their algorithms and increase the sophistication of their attacks, so it is important to remain vigilant and follow best practices.
Groups that do not have the Microsoft licenses with these security features and who are not protected by Safe Links and Safe Attachments are: uOttawa affiliates, alumni, emeritus professors, clinicians, and some Saint Paul University members.
If you believe you have received a phishing attempt, use the Report message. If you’re not sure where a link will lead, STOP.