|Re: About Scary Warnings and Hoaxes||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Stevenson/Bitner (lilbertconcentric.net)|
|Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 01:30:28 -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. I don't remember what I wrote exactly, but my main concern is not that a virus will get into my computer, but that these messages are almost always red herrings and a waste of time. Anyone truly concerned about viruses should get anti-viral software and update it frequently. Not one to miss an "evangelical" opportunity, it also helps if you have a Mac. There are few viruses made for this platform, although there are some, and I have antiviral software to protect my precious baby. Your mention of attachments brings up a good point- and I would urge people to use the attachment function of your email program only for things that are truly too big to put in the body of a letter. I have a friend who makes an attachment out of everything, and forwards all kinds of dreck. It's annoying, and I usually just throw it out, not knowing what it could be. Sorry for the non-coho nature of this email. Kind of ironic, huh? Liz Stevenson Southside Park Cohousing Sacramento, CA
About Scary Warnings and Hoaxes Fifomonday, November 22 1998
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