Safe Links & Safe Attachments for Outlook/Email

In a continued effort to protect UNBC users, ITS has enabled the Safe Links & Safe Attachments feature in the M365 security suite.

What is Safe Links and Safe Attachments?
The Safe Links and Safe Attachments service are part of Microsoft's Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for enterprise organizations. Safe Links and Safe Attachments are designed to protect students, faculty, and staff from email phishing attempts, and links/web sites or email attachments that contain malicious software. The service will mostly be invisible to you because it works behind the scenes to protect you.

How do I know I am protected by Safe Links?
You can verify that Safe Links is working by hovering your mouse pointer over any link that you have in an email, SharePoint, OneDrive, etc.

If you look at the URL that is displayed, it will begin with something like: " . . .".  This indicates that Safe Links has analyzed the link and is protecting you in the event the site is malicious.

The protection service is handled within Office 365 so it will most likely be transparent to you, the end user. If you click on a link in an email, SharePoint, OneDrive or Microsoft Teams that takes you to a site that does not contain malicious software, you will be allowed access to the site and proceed normally. However, if a link is identified as malicious, or a link is determined to be a phishing link, after clicking on the link a Safe Links screen will appear indicating the web site cannot be accessed. This protects you, and your workstation from infection. The protection page looks like this:

​How do I know I am protected by Safe Attachments?
The Safe Attachments service scans email attachments to detect if the attachment contains any malicious software. If none is found, the attachment is sent as normal. If malicious software is found, the bad attachment will be removed and the email sent to the receiver will contain a notice that the attachment was identified as containing malware and the attachment will have been deleted. An “un-delete” process is in place if the need arises. Please contact the service desk.




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