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Email Attachments

Here it is, plain and simple:

NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER OPEN EMAIL ATTACHMENTS

If a stranger came to your front door and said 'Jon sent me, let me in', you would not let him in, even if you know someone named Jon. At the very least you may call the person and ask him about the person.

Unfortunatly, this is what people do every day when they open email attachments. All too often these email attachments contain viruses. Even after all the publicity about viruses in email attachments, people still insist on opening them.

What happens when I open a virus attachment

If you open a virus attachment, that virus runs on your computer. It searches everywhere it can find on your computer for email addresses, in your web cache, your address book, etc.. When it finds those addresses, it sends emails to those addresses with itself attached. By opening a virus, you prolong the life of that virus.

"Last Stand" for viruses

Email attachments represent the "Last Stand" for viruses. With the widespread introduction of the Windows Firewall in Windows XP, 'Worm' viruses are unable to propagate widespread. Email attachments are the only remaining viable method for viruses to spread. Stop opening attachments and you stop viruses.

Fake Sender

All of the email viruses currently circulating forge the "from" address on emails. This means that the email with the attachment you got from your brother may not actually be from him, therefore do not open attachments even if they are supposedly from someone you trust.

False Antivirus scan report

Another trick viruses use is they tag the bottom of the virus email with something saying something like 'xyz virus scanner scanned this attachment and verified it was clean of viruses'. NEVER trust this.

Verify the Attachment

If you do recieve an email that you believe is legitimate, you should NEVER open it before verifying the attachment. If you know the phone number of the person who sent it, give them a call and ask them if they sent the file. If they did, verify items such as what time they sent it or the subject line. If you cannot call the person, simply press 'reply' and ask them if they sent the file. If they reply and say they did, you can open it.



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