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MOBirds-L does not accept attachments, and therefore cannot directly
transmit a virus. However, clicking a link in any email can be risky,
because web pages can and do load bad things onto your computer. Even
legitimate websites can be hacked into and manipulated so as to spread
malicious code, and these days, this is how most viruses are
transmitted. So think before you click.

 

The best defenses are:

 

1) Acquire and use antivirus/antispyware software, and keep it current.

2) Keep up to date with security patches for your browser and operating
system. 

3) Don't say "Yes" or "OK" to popup messages unless you're sure you know
what they are.

4) If a link looks the slightest bit suspicious, DO NOT CLICK IT. An
email with subject line "~~Hi~~" should look very suspicious, as should
any link given with no explanation. Folks who were curious enough to
click that link ought to run full virus scans immediately, and any who
use hotmail or MSN accounts should change their email password AND their
secret security question. Even if you don't, it's probably a good idea.

 

And anytime you see something funny on the list, please email your list
owners. We'll contact the original poster and take steps to prevent it
from happening again.

 

 

Thanks,

 

Dave Scheu

MOBirds-L list co-owner

St. Louis, MO

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