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Re: filmscanners: Anyone having problems with Scan@leben?

On Thu, 2 Aug 2001 08:43:26 -0700  Sam A. McCandless (samcc@vom.com) 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 
are nuts:)

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.


Tony Sleep
http://www.halftone.co.uk - Online portfolio & exhibit; + film scanner info 
& comparisons


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