[NAFEX] Re: Attachments and virus(es)
gc_nofs at hotmail.com
Wed Oct 9 19:15:28 EDT 2002
Knock on wood! I have been on computers around 20 some years. I have never
had a virus.
Anything coming into and leaving my computer is checked by MacAfee and
Norton and both are updated every 2 weeks and in the case where one person
sent me something saying that others were getting a virus from sending it to
them I update my virus checker before I continue. What he sent was clean.
Gordon C. Nofs
----Original Message Follows----
From: "Joe Hecksel" <jhecksel at voyager.net>
Reply-To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: [NAFEX] Re: Attachments and virus(es)
Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2002 06:01:37 -0400
> I am really glad you made this announcement. I will not open files
unless I know someone personally
I may be beating a dead horse, but my understanding is that many of
these malicious programs hijack legitimate address books. You cannot
use the sender as a test of goodness.
Let's say I enjoy sharing humorous stories with my friends on the
internet. When I hear a new joke I send it to my friends A, B, C and D.
Mr Virus will attach itself to an old message that I really did send to
A, B, C and D and then resends it. The email return address shows
that it came from me (and it did come from my computer and went
through my ISP account). A, B, C and D are delighted to get another
joke from me and pop the attachment open. Bang! They are infected.
The life form replicates itself.
One strategy that I use is to limit max size mail downloads to 20kB.
Many mail programs default to 50kB but can be set by the user. The
bearbug attachment is 51kB.
Personal Webpage http://my.voyager.net/~jhecksel
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