for most of us, "Just say no" is sufficient.
The link in an unsolicited mail can:
Be a porn site.
Be a spam ad.
Contain malware that can screw you up big-time.
Any combination of the above.
Absolutely NEVER click the link.
It takes as many times clicking one of these links to get in trouble as it
does having sex to get pregnant. (And your chances of hitting the Big One
are MUCH, MUCH greater with either of these than with the Lottery!)
And while we're on the subject of security: Any idiot can run a program that
will guess your password if it's:
your dog's name
any dictionary word
I use and recommend a system using a passphrase.
1. Think of a phrase that has meaning to you.
2. Use the initials of the words in that phrase as your password (substitute
numerals for words that sound like numbers, e.g. to, too, fore).
3. Use different passwords for different things. (It can be really annoying
if they get into your email account, but if the same password fits your bank
account, that's going to exceed "annoying"!)
Kim is the fourth victim I personally know in the last week! Like the Sgt
said on "Hill Street Blues", "Be careful out there."
----- Original Message -----
From: "Daithi" <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2011 4:30 PM
Subject: [californiadisasters] Re: Admin Read: I Wuz Hakt
Excellent point Kemasa.
Before I retired my work computer was on the police/fire network and the
procedure was to google URLs before clicking.
In the example today on this group Google clearly shoowed it to be a porn
And yes, people can be fired. Happened where i worked as even if you click
way stuff gets stored in your cache and history.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Kemasa <egroupzz@...> wrote:
> On Sunday 26 June 2011, Kim Noyes wrote:
> > As you all have noticed by now my Googlemail account was successfully
> > hacked by somebody on this list and that without me biting on a phishing
> > lure.
> > There was a sex link in the hacker message using
> > my Googlemail account that I recommend be avoided if such things offend
> > your
> > sensitivities.
> This just enforces the point that you should NOT click on ANY link which
> sent to you, regardless of who you think sent it, unless you know for sure
> that the person you think sent it actually sent it and intended to send it
> you. If you are not 100% sure, then ask the person before clicking on the
> link, otherwise very bad things can happen. Viewing porn at work can get
> fired, for example, unless you deal with spam as part of your job and
> forward it to you ;-).
> List are especially bad since you don't know all the people and it is much
> harder to determine what is being sent and why.
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