Two types of viruses are contaminating the landscape. One is influenza. The other is all those email viruses concocted by mentally ill people who have no self-esteem and who want make an impact on society, no matter how useless and negative.
There are lots of folks who have had their email contact lists compromised and who are spreading viruses without knowing it, that is until their contacts tell them about it. Here are some ways to detect these insidious little buggers.
Be very careful about messages that are not truly personal even if they have your name in the subject line. The body of the email usually goes something like this:
“Hey Bob, you really have to check this out http://www.9dfkr.ibl-finance”
Notice, there really is no personal communication, except for your name.
Also, be careful of extensions in the email link like .exe, .scr, or .pif, which are the most common extensions of viruses.
If you click on one of these links, you compromise your contacts list and everyone in your list is likely to have the same virus sent to them.
If you receive such a virus, notify the person who unknowingly sent it to you and then delete it
The Consumer Gal and I are about to have our book, Enough of Us – which deals with another realm – published in a few weeks. In preparation for the big event we need to concentrate on that project. So for the next eight weeks or so, I will be suspending my semi-monthly Consumer Guy full-length blog posts and, instead, providing a short consumer tip each week (I hope).
If you would like to learn more about our book that deals with issues of ethics and procreation, please visit our other website, www.enoughof.us. Many thanks for your interest.