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Re: Email virus protection
- From: JC Dill
- Date: Wed Aug 20 18:59:51 2003
At 02:07 PM 8/20/2003, Karsten W. Rohrbach wrote:
Unfortunately, that's not true. My father has to use Windoze because
several software programs for his industry (Real Estate, specifically
managing rentals) only come in Windoze flavors. He stays away from M$
client software whenever possible and was using Mozilla for email (until
yesterday, I'm getting him started on Eudora). His email software doesn't
automatically open attachments for him.
There's quite a lot of usable stuff out there. Many Win32 users have
switched to Mozilla which seems to solve 100% of the Outlook-specific
attacks which account for... hmmm... 100% of the malicious email
messages of the last 6 months.
He knows better than to manually open random attachments that don't look
like something business like, but a few weeks ago one caught him during the
vulnerable period (after the virus started making the rounds, before he had
updated the virus definitions) and managed to pretend to be a type of file
he *does* expect in his day to day business (an "application"
Now he finally *really* understands why I'm adamant about frequently
updating the virus definitions (I presently have his antivirus software set
to check for updates every 4 hours) and having a strong firewall, and not
loading unnecessary applications on his work computer.