|About Scary Warnings and Hoaxes||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fifomonday (Fifomondayaol.com)|
|Date: Sun, 22 Nov 1998 22:13:53 -0600|
While I understand Liz Stevenson's request (11/12/98) that nobody send any warnings of viruses etc., to this list, I will offer a technical input which nobody has disputed (to me at least). It may allow some to feel more comfortable about their email. One cannot send anything dangerous, like a virus, in the message space of an email. The message space transmits only a limited character set - i.e. the alphabet and some formatting characters. Viruses need "characters" an emailer just cannot transmit within the message space. "Attached" files are a different kettle of fish. Attachments may contain anything: spreadsheets, graphics, computer programs and viruses (a virus being just a small mischievous or malicious program). So: Read the messages any time you like. If it has an "attachment" about which you are suspicious or nervous, do not download the attachment. Downloading of appropriately designed viruses can indeed cause damage. (If there is another computer nerd out there who disputes my assertions above, let's correspond (privately) to convince me that I am wrong. I don't think I am.) michael barrett email: fifomonday [at] aol.com Webmaster at www.libertyvillage.com and future resident at Liberty Village in Maryland where the stormwater management ponds are done and much of the grading is complete, and water and sewer are next to go in. We only have 16 out of 38 lots left, that's 2 less than a month ago. Visit us at www.libertyvillage.com
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