On Thu, 2 Aug 2001 08:43:26 -0700 Sam A. McCandless (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
> Short of, or in addition to, using to a Mac, aren't there other
> strategic advantages we can give ourselves in re worms, viruses, etc.?
Quite honestly, anyone who uses a PC without running a competent antvirus
program is driving down a one way street with their eyes closed. Norton AV
costs very little ($40US), updates are automatic (nightly here) and free
for a year, about $5 for subsequent years. It has trapped about 100
viruses, trojans and other wildlife here, none of which were false alarms.
I have been sent Sircam about 30 times in the past 2 weeks*. I have never
had a virus infection.
Do not rely on screening by ISP's or third-party systems like Mailmarshall
(the dumb thing alarms over the phrase 'my pictures' which is a poor guide
to virus infection on a photo list:)
If you use mail at all, and are on *any* mailing list and not using AV, you
A useable backup strategy is the other obligatory protection. And never,
never opening attachments until you know just what they are.
*Actually NAV is a bit iffy with Sircam, it doesn't pick it up whilst
scanning incoming mail, but does if you try and extract the file containing
the worm code.
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