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Enterprise Spam and Virus Filter with Exchange Online Protection

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For spam and viruses, Microsoft Office 365 Email–Pitt Email (Outlook)–includes integrated mail filtering that quarantines suspect messages so they do not wind up in your inbox. Microsoft brands this function as Exchange Online Protection. The University also employs Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection measures for My Pitt Email. These functions scan embedded links and attached documents in email messages and render them inert if they are found to be malicious. Bulk mail is a unique category of email that some people consider to be spam and others do not. You can choose how aggressively you would like the University’s spam filtering service to filter by adjusting or Customizing Your Bulk Mail Filtering using the email preferences for bulk mail via Manage Your Account.

Key Benefits:

  • Review quarantined messages: Ensure no legitimate messages have been flagged as spam. An email message will be sent periodically with a listing of flagged messages. This message will contain links that will let you release the message to your inbox or report it as not junk.
  • Identify approved senders: Adjust filtering settings so that wanted message should not be flagged in the future, if for some reason messages from them have wound up in quarantine.
  • Secure and protect your email inbox from:
    • Unwanted mass mailings (spam)
    • Messages with malicious payloads (viruses)
    • Messages with links that will steal information or download malicious software (phishing) 

Get Started in 3 Easy Steps

1. Choose one of the following options to access the Spam and Virus Filtering Service:

  • Option A - Log in to My Pitt > Spam and Virus Filtering on the righ-hand side of the landing page.

  • Option B - Log in to My Pitt > If you can't see the link, enter "spam" in the AskCathy Service Discovery search field > Spam and Virus Email Filtering > Click Start.

  • Option C - Go to protection.office.com > Login to the Security and Compliance Center.

2. Select HomeThreat ManagementReview, and click Quarantine.

3. Review flagged messages, release to your inbox, or report for further investigation. 

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