Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Consider the Source

You should be wary of any message from an unrecognized or unidentified sender. Just as parents tell trick-or-treating children to discard any homemade goodies they receive from strangers, you should delete email messages you receive from senders you don’t know because you can’t be sure about what’s inside. Although such messages are probably harmless and seem like annoying spam (unsolicited bulk email sent to advertise products or services), you should err on the side of caution and delete them immediately.
Be particularly wary if you receive a message from a stranger that doesn’t include your email address in the To field. This indicates that the sender transmitted the message indiscriminately to hundreds or thousands of recipients to contact or infect as many computers as possible. Delete these messages right away.

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