Avoiding Spam, Scams and Computer Viruses

Written by Garth Catterall-Heart

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Another category of hoaxes involves virus warnings. If you receive information that indicates you can get a computer virus from doing anything except opening an email attachment or running an application, then this is probably false information.

Most computer viruses are spread by users opening email attachments that containrepparttar virus. NEVER OPEN AN EMAIL ATTACHMENT THAT YOU ARE NOT EXPECTING. Even if you knowrepparttar 132832 sender, make surerepparttar 132833 attachment is legitimate before opening it. It is much safer to delete any questionable attachments and askrepparttar 132834 sender to resend them than to assume thatrepparttar 132835 sender intended to send that email.

Your best defenses against computer viruses are: 1) caution in downloading programs from questionable sources, 2) regularly scanning your drive with virus protection software, and 3) backing up all your important data to a different drive or media (floppy, Zip or CD-ROM) as soon as possible. By doing all of these, if your system does get infected, you can restore it with a minimum of hassle.

Always check out any offer or information you receive before sending any money or forwardingrepparttar 132836 information to someone else. That way you can rest easy knowing you aren't getting scammed or passing along an urban legend.

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Spam: Hiding Your Email Address

Written by Richard Lowe

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For example,repparttar following email address:


will be shown in Unicode as:

webmaster @internet -tips.net

As you can see fromrepparttar 132830 table below, using Unicode characters is simple. Just substituterepparttar 132831 Unicode sequence inrepparttar 132832 table forrepparttar 132833 corresponding character. Then use all of those sequences wherever you want to put that email address.

@ @ E E M M U U c c k k s s . . F F N N V V d d l l t t - - G G O O W W e e m m u u _ _ H H P P X X f f n n v v A A I I Q Q Y Y g g o o w w B B J J R R Z Z h h p p x x C C K K S S a a i i q q y y D D L L T T b b j j r r z z

I suppose it is inevitable thatrepparttar 132834 scum spammers will eventually make their spam robots smart enough to understand these codes. Until then, however, it is a reasonably effective technique for reducing spam in your inbox.

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