I just wrote this and now I am much cooler... The few of you who read this blog now & then have never done this (below); I just wanted a forum for blowing off some steam. You can skip this, or send it to the last
idiot friend emailer who sent you those 42 virus warnings.
Really, folks, I know you mean well. But I'm not stupid or naive, and I don't open email indiscriminately.
Do you automatically assume that everyone on your email list is stupid or naive?
Then why must you warn us over & over & over & over & over & over & over.
First - Stop forwarding all these warnings. Please.
In virtually 99% of all warning emails I have received; the warning has proven to be a hoax.
I use Snopes to check, and find it to be the most-frequently updated, and also have bookmarked Truth or Fiction, and HoaxKill.
Hoaxsters get off - big time - on tracking the volume of traffic they inspire, and making us computer users crazy and scared. You don't really want to pump them up, do you?
For the (very) few warnings that prove to be about actual real viruses - only one, actually - I say again, I am not stupid.
And if you simply MUST forward something, PLEASE check it out with Snopes first. YOURSELF. Many of the hoaxsters now start with a line that says, "Snopes says this is real". Check it yourself or do not send it.
Second - if you are stupid, or know someone who is, this is what you need to know:
- Pay Attention. Then you won't miss any of the important details such as the name of the sender...
- Own excellent virus protection software. We use AVG (have done so for years), and love it. We no longer use the 'free' version, but it worked well for us.
- NEVER open an email, or an attachment to an email if you DO NOT PERSONALLY KNOW the person who sent it to you. Period. End of story.
- NEVER respond (or click on ANYTHING) in an email that claims to be from your bank or your credit card company, or PayPal, or such - claiming you need to DO anything or telling you to "click here" to update something. Those companies do NOT contact you in that way. Just to be sure, leave your email program, go online, sign in to that company and check!
- NEVER FORGET that all email is Public. Really. PUBLIC. If you would really publish your Social Security number on the side of a large truck, then you might be comfortable putting it into an email. Otherwise, better not to do so....