Sunday, November 20, 2005

Suspect every message

The old rule stated that the only way to contract email-borne viruses was by opening file attachments; that’s not true anymore. Creative hackers found ways to embed malicious code inside email messages, and the simple act of opening these messages is enough to infect your system. Worse yet, hackers figured out how to disperse email so it appears to be from someone you know. You can minimize—but not completely eliminate—your risk of contracting such an infection by following all of the tips provided in this article and setting your email program so that it doesn’t automatically open attachments in the preview pane. Actually, it’s best not to even display a preview pane.

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