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Students at risk from email scams.

Students at risk from email scams.

UK's students are at risk of email scams as many institutions have not installed right tools to block such threats, research has found.

According to a report by cybersecurity firm Proofpoint, Britain's top 20 universities were not using any inbuilt software to protect their students from falling trap to fraudulent emails.

65 per cent of universities in the top 20 ranking were not using any form of an industry-recommended email authentication tool, the research claimed.

This could easily allow cyber criminals to imitate university emails and steal students' personal data.

The email authentication software recommended by cybersecurity companies is called the Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) record.

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