Re: Avoiding worms



What do you mean by safe hex?
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"Fluidly Unsure" wrote:

> Galen wrote:
> > In news:do6lf.27283$D13.23926@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx,
> > Fluidly Unsure <dripping@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> had this to say:
> >
> > My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:
> >
> >
> >>b11_ wrote:
> >>
> >>>If one uses hotmail, email attachments are scaned for worms, etc.
> >>>Are there any website "portals" which do a better job of scanning
> >>>for worms, etc.
> >>>
> >>
> >>I doubt it.
> >>
> >>But then I'm behind times here because server/ISP/portal scanning is
> >>in vogue today. I'm sure SBC has it, Yahoo has it (I seem to remember
> >>turning it off), and Google just got recently.
> >>
> >>But since I'm not experienced with that, and I couldn't find any
> >>references on Google to it don't take my word for it.
> >>
> >>I'm just afraid of server-side scanning whether it's for worms or for
> >>spam. What about false-positives? Will you lose some email? No scanner
> >>is perfect, but if it's on my desktop I have more control over what
> >>it's doing. Just a question of what's in or out of my comfort zone.
> >>
> >>
> >>>_______________________________________________________________
> >>>
> >>>"fluidly unsure" wrote:
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>>Ian wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>>My recent experiences are that virus-incidents are on the wane,
> >>>>>and malware (browser attacks) on the increase.
> >>>>>
> >>>>>Go get a copy of Mozilla or Firefox, set it as the default
> >>>>>browser, and remove the Internet Explorer icons to discourage its
> >>>>>use.
> >>>>
> >>>>That may or may not be a solution, depending on who you talk to.
> >>>>
> >>>>The way many people surf today, any browser is vulnerable.
> >>>>
> >>>>All browsers can be secured. IE just takes a little more effort
> >>>>than others.
> >>>>
> >>>>Use the following guidelines:
> >>>>
> >>>>1) never surf with an admin privy.
> >>>>
> >>>>2) always use safe surfing habits and common sense.
> >>>>
> >>>>3) don't open attachments unless you are expecting it.
> >>>>
> >>>>4) don't click on a link in an email attachment
> >>>>use information you already have to call/email whoever sent it
> >>>>
> >>>>5) use something like "spoof stick" to show you where you are
> >>>>spoofstick.com
> >>>>
> >>>>6) never use HTML in email
> >>>>in Fx you can use control-U to see the whole email in a text editor.
> >>>>
> >>>>7) never use JavaScript/VBscript/ActiveX/scripting in email
> >>>>
> >>>>8) anytime you aren't sure about an email
> >>>>use the control-U to see the whole email in a text editor.
> >>>>
> >>>>9) always use an "out of bound" contact
> >>>>call your bank/credit-card-co them the number on your statement.
> >>>>
> >>>>10) if you use IE, try Eric Howe's "enough is enough" and IE-SPYAD
> >>>>https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/ehowes/www/main-nf.htm
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>--
> >>>>
> >>>>Liquid
> >
> >
> > Not to mention that using up-to-date definitions with good anti-malware
> > products, keeping your firewall up-to-date with properly tight restrictions,
> > and keeping your OS patched are your real best efforts at prevention
> > assuming you make it a point to also practice safe hex.
> >
>
> Yeah, I missed updating AV/OS. At least I can say safe hex is covered with safe
> surfing habits and common sense. Actually I've found the term 'safe hex'
> sometimes doesn't get the message across since it is seen as a sophomoric
> attempt at humor.
>
> --
>
> Liquid
>
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