Re: Vius alert info
Posted by Trisha on October 18, 2002 at 19:56:45:
In Reply to: Re: Vius alert info posted by John on October 18, 2002 at 18:55:03:
: How can we not be certain that YOUR message isn't a virus?
: I don't believe I've saved any time by deleting these emails -- I have to scrutinize each and every one's addy and subject -- but I still get the Nigerian money scam every day and at least a couple of Kletz(?) virus emails. What I don't get are open viruses anymore.
: The best defenses: don't open obvious spam; don't open attachments you aren't expecting; set your email security to "high," don't use the preview pane to view your mail, and don't even think about opening something from Russia or China or anywhere in the Third World. If you can, set your email client to receive "text" only as opposed to HTML emails.
: Did I mention that you should keep your virus software updated -- like weekly or better? It will scan email for you -- if you let it.
: But that's not all. You probably have several spy 'bots on your computer right now -- Ad trackers that you were fed as cookies. Go to any website, and you get infected. These things follow you around and report your surfing habits to their masters. If you really want to get paranoid about cyberspace, go to http://www.lavasoftusa.com and download their free version of Ad-ware. I cleaned more than a dozen of these beasties off my box the first time I used it, and a week later I had half a dozen more. They are like Lamprey eels, and follow you everywhere singing I KNOW WHERE YOU WENT TODAY!
: And I could go on. Thanks, Trisha, for reminding us that we ought to be careful of where we step in this Brave New World of cyberspace.
After spending bookoo bucks getting this out of the pc hospital last year, from 3 trojans and 3-4 others that overwrote the anti-virus software, I take extreme caution. If posting a reminder saves someone heartache and bucks, I'm all for it.
Now here's another one you can go download. Trojan and bot remover at www.lockdowncorp.com. Very user friendly! Looking for a new firewall. Any suggestions besides ZA?