What are Safe Links and Safe Attachments?

In order to better protect the campus community from malicious e-mails, Mines has implemented the Microsoft Office 365 Advanced Thread Protection (ATP) features known as Safe Links and Safe Attachments for all Exchange accounts. 

Safe Links is used to provide a time-of-click verification of web addresses sent via E-mail, Sharepoint, OneDrive, and Teams.  This helps provide real-time protection against malicious links even if they slip through the initial spam filtering process. 

When viewing a message with a link, the link appears normal in the document, however, when clicked on, the link is verified against a list of known malicious web sites in real-time. 

This is what the link looks like when you view the message. 

https://www.mines.edu

This is where you actually go if you click on the link.  

https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mines.edu%2F&data=02%7C01%7Crhicks%40mines.edu%7C46e21b681a0c43355b9408d8323c3d94%7C997209e009b346239a4d76afa44a675c%7C0%7C0%7C637314582611542168&sdata=d1ZWIZ%2BCSX0cutLZDXzHx8u3GKIAoIjHURO0LvK9IEY%3D&reserved=0

This validates the link and if it doesn't appear to lead to a malicious web site then you are redirected to the site.  If it does appear to be a malicious site then you are warned.   If for some reason Safe Links isn't working correctly please open a Mines helpcenter ticket and let us know about the issue.

Safe Attachments is similar to safe links except attachments are first tested in a virtual environment.  If the attachment is found to be malicious then it will be blocked from access when a user clicks on the attachment.   This will help prevent any malicious code from being executed. 

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Article ID: 112685
Created
Mon 7/27/20 12:42 PM
Modified
Thu 10/22/20 3:53 PM