To follow up on Alan's post. I used to spend hours a day removing virus for
people and the majority did come by email however with the advent of ISP's
installing Virus checkers due to public demand the virus writers have now
changed tact. They are writing more to web sites ( FTP is one of the
easiest to beat) in fact one genealogy page I use was recently infected
through a hacker so please don't think that your ISP is good enough.
One question though what makes you think they update every hour? As for
them updating quicker than you and I again Id argue that. My own AV
software from Sophos which costs an arm and a leg send out emails
immediately they discover and protect from a new virus they actually get
their protection out far quicker than MacAfee do who have the monopoly on AV
software to the major ISP's
Now I don't think the CBA will be to happy to see this thread on Monday but
eh maybe we can start another all those who don't like lol
----- Original Message -----
From: "Alan S>" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, February 20, 2005 8:37 PM
Subject: Re: Anti-virus suggestions?
> --- David Stokes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > But why do you need anti-virus software? If you are
> > worried about viruses arriving in your e-mail then
> > sign up to an Internet Service Provider that
> > includes virus checking (and also spam removal
> > too... They update their virus checkers hourly so
> > can do a far better job than you can.
> Sorry David, but I can't believe anyone can still be that naive
> in this day and age. No doubt you never check your bank
> statements because of course the banks can be trusted, huh?
> Remember, email is not the only way that viruses and the like
> can attack a machine.
> Browsing the web, sharing files across a network, sharing files
> across 'sneakernet' (a disc or CD from another machine), port
> attacks are all open methods of gaining unwanted visitors that
> don't involve opening emails to get infected. I remember a
> course some years ago at an Anti-Virus company, where everyone
> was being very careful on their individual machines to scan for,
> and remove viruses. We then had to produce a report and print
> off the report on a separate machine. On return to our own
> machines, every single one in the room had been re-infected by
> the floppy used to print the reports!
> I am a member of several mailing lists such as this, some of
> which have as a condition of membership of the list an agreement
> that an up to date virus checked MUST be used when reading and
> writing to the list. After all, once infected themselves, it
> would be very simple for a poster to this list to inadvertantly
> infect all the other users, simply by making an infected post to
> the list.
> For my safety, and the safety of others, I always make sure I
> run an up to date virus scanner (ACG in my case), along with a
> couple of adware scanners and a firewall.
> AlaN S>
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