Saturday, November 19, 2005

IM a virus

Like email, IM (instant messaging) is a form of text communication that takes place across a network. Like email, IM is extremely popular. And like email, IM has become a common source of viruses. Because email and IM have so much in common, it makes sense that you should take the same precautions with IM as you do with email.
That means you should note who sends you messages, pay attention to the contents of the messages, and carefully analyze any attachments to the messages. You also should configure your IM program’s privacy and security settings to prevent unauthorized individuals (people you neither know nor want to communicate with) from sending messages to your account in the first place. Refer to your IM program’s Help files for detailed instructions.

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