|E-mail attachments and E-mail links to websites, if you
want a virus, this is the place to go
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If there is one constant that I hear about when talking with customers about viruses, the
question of "Where did I get this virus?", will usually come up. Many times the infection
came after checking you E-mail. Some of the worst virus infections that I have seen,
including the new and terrible Cryptolocker, are spreading using links in E-mails and
infected E-mail attachments.
Is E-mail even safe to use anymore? Yes, but to be honest, you should NOT open any
E-mail attachments or click on any link within an E-mail that takes you to another website.
When I say any, I do mean any. A common practice is to infect a users E-mail account or
to take a password for a users E-mail account. Next, they will send out E-mails to
everyone on that users friends list with infected website links and attachments. For this
reason, the only time I will click a link or attachment in E-mail is if I can verify with the
person that they really sent the E-mail.
Another common trick by these spammers is that they will send a business a fake "BBB or
Dunn and bradstreet" complaint. Or you will get a fake bank notice, or even fake bill
collectors. Never respond to any E-mail like this. If you think you bank is trying to contact
you, call them, or log into the website yourself to verify if the E-mail was real.
Don't forget that reading an E-mail is totally safe, its when you open attachments or click
on links that take you to websites that is unsafe. Having a good antivirus software is also
helpful as some can scan attachments for viruses, but do not rely on this, no antivirus is
100% safe. If your E-mail site displays ads, you should avoid the ads as well. Avoiding
ads altogether is another good practice to avoid getting infected with a virus.
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