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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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