I return

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog.  I’ve been rather busy and allowed it to languish.  I’ve recently been challenged by a friend to post on my blog once each day for this month.  I’m determined (at least this evening) to succeed.  I’ll try not to let an unplanned 16+ hour day break my stride.

I got an e-mail from a client recently warning me about some “new” virus that was coming through and he felt I would appreciate the information.  I’ve seen these many times before and the basics of this particular e-mail were the same even though the specifics were different.

It had the typical alarmist usage of exclamation points along with letting you know that this one was worse than all before it and your computer was likely to become little more than slag when this bad guy was done with it.  The e-mail also said how this or that anti-virus or operating system company had confirmed or initially sent out the warning.  It may also have mentioned a news outlet which had done the same thing.

Now, the truth is that none of these companies likely had anything to do with the origination of this e-mail.  In fact, I’ve seen these e-mails mention viruses which were old news years ago.  In the end, these e-mails get sent around to everyone in a manner similar to how a virus spreads.

What can you do?

I use these e-mails as a gentle reminder to be diligent in how I handle e-mail from any source.  Never open an attachment or click on a link in an e-mail from someone you do not know.  If it is from someone you know, you should be expecting the attachment or link before opening it.  Similarly, never send out an attachment or link to someone without discussing it first so the recipient doesn’t consider it a potential virus and delete it without review.

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