Thursday, November 24, 2005

You Have 29 Messages & A Virus

Email has completely revolutionized the way individuals and businesses communicate. It also has provided hackers with a convenient method for delivering viruses. For example, a hacker can vandalize a corporate network or terrorize thousands of innocent computer users simply by attaching a self-replicating file to a single email message and circulating it with an enticing subject line, such as “Look at this” or “Check out these pictures.” With more than 31 billion messages transmitting through cyberspace each day, users must stay alert so they can avoid messages that carry malicious code.
Fortunately, staying alert is as easy as paying attention to the messages you receive. Look at whom the message is from (check the Sender or From field), what the message is about (check the Subject field), and whether the message has an attachment. These three pieces of information can tell you a lot about whether the message is carrying a virus.

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