Email Etiquette

I realize there are people out there who are barely computer literate. A person with a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing. The chain email message I posted earlier came from someone who’s name I do not recognize, but that does not mean a lot. What did bother me was the fact that my email address was exposed to Dozens of other people I do not know!

When you send an email and put everyone’s email address in the “To:” field, it means that all who receive that email now have every email that it was addressed to. Many people have compromised machines with virus and trojans. These machines will “harvest,” those emails and target them for infection, or sell the addresses to spamers. So you see, that innocent email you sent to a few “select friends,” can now be in the hands of some very dangerous people.

Believe me, “NOTHING,” you could send me (Unless it is the winning Lottery Number), is important enough to risk my security. You are literally screwing your friends.

So please, the next time you want to share that cute Cat Picture or Video, or tell me about Jesus, make sure you dont share my info with 100 or so of your other “friends…”

And while we are discussing security, PLEASE install an anti virus program. Many of them have free editions that are more than adequate for a rookie or casual user. For Windows users, I recommend AVG Antivirus. And for the Mac, I personally use Avast. I have a virtual machine on my Mac running Windows XP, and AVG keeps me protected there. I believe Avast also scans this volume on launch. I have never had a virus or trojan infect my machine.

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