[Retros] Lots of recent publications
A J Mestel
A.J.Mestel at damtp.cam.ac.uk
Mon Aug 4 05:30:32 EDT 2003
For heaven's sake. Zip all files, including text files? Not everyone uses
e-mail systems and operating systems which are this virus prone. It's hard
enough trying to convince people not to send a few lines of text as a WORD
document, without suggesting they gratuitously zip text files. I'm not
going to demand you switch to UNIX, Andy, but I think it is at your end
you should work at things, rather than demand that the rest of the world
conform to Microsoft & Outlook's stupidity!
On Sun, 27 Jul 2003, Andrew Buchanan wrote:
> Thanks to folks who've recently sent documents as attachments. I suspect
> that I may not be the only member of the list who lives in the world of
> Microsoft Outlook Express. Under this regime, arriving attachments are
> classified as safe or unsafe based on the file type. If the attachment is
> deemed unsafe (e.g. for .txt files or .wps) then I am prevented from
> accessing it to read it.
> However, if the sender zips the attachments, so the file type is .zip, and I
> can unzip it and read the attachments happily. This has the added advantage
> of reducing the size of the attachment, although typically the files that we
> send around are quite small in size. Indeed even relabelling a .txt file as
> .zip will allow it to pass the Microsoft scrutiny, although I wouldn't
> recommend doing that.
> This brings up a bigger question, that of the safety of reading unsolicited
> attachments. Outlook works this way it does for a reason. If I read an email
> from a member of this panel, and the email refers to an attachment, and
> talks about it in a chessically coherent way, then I will assume that the
> attachment is genuine. If there is no supporting text, then I can assume
> that the message is viral, and delete it.
> Let me admit in case this seems academic, that a few weeks ago, I did
> receive a virus through this mailing list, and the fragment of supporting
> text stolen from another message for the originating user fooled me into
> finding a laborious work-around so I could open the attachment. Such is the
> passion of chess problems.
> Summary: I suggest:
> (1) zip your attachments.
> (2) continue to supply supporting text in the email so I can determine the
> mail is genuine.
> (3) particularly for PC users, be careful in opening attachments, and keep
> your virus checker up to date.
> Thanks & regards,
> Andrew Buchanan,
> (or a virus masquerading as he).
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