In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, eddie charles
And your problem with installing AV and a firewall is ...?
Seriously, I'm what you might call a Power User and a Developer. As such, I
recognise most of the threats that are out there, and I take appropriate
action. I operate behind a firewall, and I have a few tools here and there
to prevent the spread of viruses through my system.
If you're not a power user, then you _definitely_ want an anti-virus program
and a firewall. (What's a "double firewall", exactly, and why do you need
one? Or are you talking about the corporate standard of having a DMZ, which
can only operate when firewalled off from the LAN and the Internet? Most
users don't need a DMZ, so one firewall will do.)
But, even without anti-virus and a firewall, there's a simple rule that gets
you to a very safe level - don't open attachments. Any attachments. Phone
the person who allegedly sent it to you, and ask them if they sent it, and
what it is. Or, email them and ask them the same question - but phoning
them gives you the clue that you're actually talking to a live human being,
and not accidentally conversing with a virus.
I always use my real email address when posting in a froup. That's why I
get as much spam as I do, and as many virus attempts. I haven't yet been
infected by anything that has been emailed to me, because I take
precautions, and I prefer to make it easy for people to contact me. The
spam, I pick randomly from and send complaints to their ISPs. It's a tactic
I'd suggest to others - if everyone picked ten spams at random to complain
about in a week, the ISPs would get a bit more of a hint. And if everyone
who found a spam coming from their own ISP could exert that extra little bit
of pressure, we'd be really onto something.
I don't _think_ the bounty notice said "Dead or Alive". I suspect that MS
is only looking for the virus writers to be found, tried and incarcerated /
fined. There isn't yet a jurisdiction that has instituted the death
sentence for virus writers. We have to get the spammers first :-)
[Please don't email posters, if a Usenet response is appropriate.]
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