I would like to see a subject tag VIR to be added for Virus Messages
being posted to Iris-Talk/Iris-Photos. Obviously, these messages are
important to some people. With a subject tag, they can be filtered.
I feel the virus alerts on iris-talk have value in the fact that they alert
us when things do show up, they gently remind us to update our virus definitions
if we have been procrastinating, and they confirm that we are not the only ones
who get them.
New viruses are created every day, and occasionally, I have been victim of
a virus that was so new neither Norton or McAffee knew about it. This
happened just a while ago with a Bagel virus that really played havoc on my
system. I got the virus a couple of days before McAfee and
Norton had a solution for it.
(This is one of the main reasons I detest chain letters, or anything that
is FW:fw:fw:fw, etc. Chain letters and the like are a hackers best method
for distributing a newly created virus that your Antivirus
software doesn't know about yet.)
It has been made quite clear in the past that everyone should have the most
recent, current, and updated virus program possible, but the reality of the
situation is that not everyone is as technically minded, nor does everyone wish
to have their computer set to automatic for updates.
In addition to that, it has been reported recently, that some
(granted, very rare instances) viruses, worms, and/or trojans have
been getting through some antivirus programs, even when they are
completely updated and aware of them. Hackers are getting more creative with
their viruses every day.
Respectfully submitted as something to consider,
Phoenix, AZ Zone 9
John Jones wrote:
>If you have questions or concerns email me privately, but please do not
post messages to the list alerting >people to a virused message. If they
don't have a virus checker, it is too late because they already received >the