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February 24, 2004

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Cop Car

It must have been frustrating. You're very forgiving to have forgone wiping his hard drive clean--sort of "just retribution". You've found your new vocation: consultant IT.

Bogie

Next time I will charge them! Yesterday I had to go over again to remove another virus because someone opened a bad attachment. And no, they haven't gotten a new Anti-virus program!

Cop Car

I don't understand people who open attachments without having a clue what is in them. I got one at work the other day in an e-mail from within the company--that is, from within the company that owns ours. The e-mail said, "Is this important?" Since I didn't know the sender, I called our IT folks. Surely enough, they said to wipe it out and to spread the word to others in my area. One of the supervisors in a sister organization had already opened it when I got to him. Fortunately, it was blank except from a message saying that the firewall had removed the virus that it had contained. A few minutes later, the IT people sent out an all points bulletin saying "do not open". Lots of people were getting them from randomly-named senders. Our IT people and the anti-virus programs that we use are good; but, I err on the side of caution with viruses and worms. (Maybe I'm just not curious enough?)

Bogie

I do the same thing. I get lots of jokes and cute pictures sent to me by other people - but if they are sent as attachments, I don't usually bother looking. There are some sources I trust, but not to the nth degree. Addresses can be faked, so I always ask myself if it makes sense that I am recieving would come from the source (and sometimes double check with the source).

I also try to be helpfull to others if I send something that is not normal (such as links or a weirdly named attachment). In such cases, I usually send a seperate email telling the people that I actually did send it and a small description of it.

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