Re: E-mail virus stuff killing my office
From: Crusty \(-: Old B_at_stard :-\) (B_at_stard)
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 22:15:17 -0400
Good, thoughtful response!
-- Regards: Richard Urban aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-) <Ben M. Schorr>; "MVP-OneNote" <email@example.com> wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org... > On 30 Apr 2004 14:37, email@example.com (Tim J. Johson) wrote: >>Try not to open e-mails that might be infected, but sometimes it is >>tough to tell and to be honest, none of us are that computer savvy, and >>we DO need to use our e-mail. > > It's easy to tell after a while. First of all anything that has a .EXE, > SCR, .PIF or other such executable attachment is automatically trash. > Delete it without a second thought. > Only those things with .ZIP files are worth considering, among the > potentially > dangerous ones. Then you just have to look at the sender: > "JoeBlow@nowhere.com?" > I have no idea who that is or why they'd be sending me an attachment. > [Delete]. > "Mom@familiardomain.com" sends me a message that says "Here are the > pictures > of Britney I promised you!" I don't care that it claims to be from my > mom, she wouldn't be sending pictures like that. [delete] > "firstname.lastname@example.org" sends me a .zip file with a message > that says "Here are the revised contracts we talked about. Look them > over, > if they're o.k. have Mike sign them and either fax or mail them back. > Call me if you have any questions, thanks!" Well...assuming we talked > about some revised contracts that sounds legit to me. > You just have to exercise some common sense. > > ? What kind of attachment is it? > ? Who is it claiming to be from? > ? Would that person be sending me an attachment like that? > ? Does the text of the message make sense? > > If I get a message claiming to be from my dad but with bad grammar and > lots of misspellings then I'd be very suspicious because that's not how > he writes. If a message with my sister's address as From comes in that > starts off "Dear Friend" then I think that's probably bogus. > When in doubt, contact the alleged sender BEFORE you open the attachment > just to confirm that they sent it. > >>Of course we use MS Outlook. And I guess the answer is NOT TO, but I >>think I would have trouble convincing the boss of that.... > > > What version of Outlook are you using? The more recent versions 2002 > SP3 and 2003 in particular, are actually quite secure against viruses. > > >>We have good Norton antivirus that is updated each week (sometimes >>several times a week) good firewall protection, etc. But we still >>manage to get these darn things. > > > Should be updated each day. Our antivirus software automatically checks > for updates every hour and actually does get updated at least once a day. > > >>Not being any type of any expert, I am coming to you folks for help. > > > Good choice! :) > > >>Sometimes I do the following before opening an e-mail. Does doing this >>without yet opening the e-mail expose you to any virus? Or do you have >>to actually "open" the message for exposure: >> >>1. Right Click on the e-mail as it lies in our inbox....BEFORE opening >>it. >> >>2. When you right click on it, a dropdown menu comes up and at the >>bottom of that menu is "options. >> >>3. When you click on options, you get to see the "internet headers." >> >>4. Scrolling down those headers, you can see where the e-mail >>originated from, whether it is a forged address and whether it has >>"spam hits" etc. >> >>So, many times you would be able to determine if the e-mail is >>legitimate, without actually opening it. >> >>My question is, if it is "virus-laden," would just checking the header >>still expose you to "catching the virus." > > No, that's fine. You probably don't even need to do that if you follow > the guidelines I mention above. > > -- > -Ben- > Ben M. Schorr, MVP-OneNote > OneNote FAQ: http://home.hawaii.rr.com/schorr/Computers/OneNoteFAQ.htm > SchorrTech Blog: http://www.thespoke.net/MyBlog/bschorr/MyBlog.aspx > >