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Warning: Don`t Open E-mail Attachments!

DavidJacksonDavidJackson subscriber Posts: 143 Silver Level Member
edited February 2009 in Marketing
Dangerous computer viruses and other malicious software are often spread through e-mail attachments, that are sent along with an e-mail message. These viruses can not only infect and damage your computer, but can infect your outgoing e-mail messages and damage someone else`s computer as well.
You can prevent and avoid many of these viruses by following the following five steps:

1. NEVER open any e-mail, unless you know the sender. Unsolicited e-mail is called spam, and legitimate businesses don`t send spam. Delete it immediately!

2. NEVER open any e-mail attachment unless you know the sender, and you were expecting it. Otherwise, delete it immediately!

3. If you need to send an e-mail attachment to someone, ALWAYS alert the recipient in advance, so that they don`t automatically assume it`s a virus and delete it.

4. Use an e-mail program with built-in spam filters, such as Microsoft`s Outlook Express or Mozilla`s Thunderbird. In addition, free e-mail programs such as Yahoo Mail, Gmail and Hotmail all have effective spam filters.

5. Use superior anti-virus protection (AVG, Kapersky), and be sure to keep it updated.

David Jackson
DavidJackson2/5/2009 11:09 AM


  • DavidJacksonDavidJackson subscriber Posts: 143 Silver Level Member
    One other important point is to check the default configuration of your email program. Many of them offer a check-box to "automatically open email attachments." That should be turned OFF.
    Good point, Craig. Thanks.
    David Jackson
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