Re: [NTO] PC power supply dead?
- Hi alice ttlg, Jason...
Thanks for all the info "guys." Good stuff. I do wonder though if
one of the main reasons that Windows users have all the spam and
viruses is mostly not due to MS security, but instead, because of
the overwhelming amount of Windows users compared to Linux. Also,
a big factor would be that beginner and novice computer users are
"all" on Windows, and there are zillions of them. They give their
eMail address out everywhere, reply to all spam, open any
attachments they get, etc.
I also think that Bill Gates is still 75% right that computer
users want features, not security. I certainly understand the
cost of ISPs, etc. having to deal with all the spam/viruses, but
at the same time, I want to be able to do my own configuration of
protection - I despise having it forced on me. That is, I get so
aggregated with security features that I cannot turn off that
cause me tons of extra clicks, unnecessarily. Granted, more
recently we can go into Admin tools | Services and block a lot of
it, so at least it is a little better.
Up until maybe 2-3 years ago I never used anti-virus protection
and for the 10-12 years prior I only hooked one worm (while
fishing in Cyberspace ;) maybe 8 years ago - the fireworks one. A
list member asked me how I liked the fireworks when I did not
even mention them. LOL I just simply did not open attachments
unless it was from a well know person and we knew beforehand that
it was going to be sent or they specifically identified and
mentioned a number of things to me. My point is, I think the
majoring of worms and viruses are caught by inexperienced users
opening all the attachments they get, probably don't use virus
protectors (up until more recently), and reply to all their spam
messages/use their eMail address in forms, etc on the 'net.
>Literally, based on stats from Symantec and confirmed from discussionHappy Topics,
>I've had with AOL abuse staff and other ISPs abuse/admin staff, there
>are anywhere from 40 to 80 million infected PCs worldwide directly
>under the control of spammers. And I can certify that half of those
>infected PCs have attempted to send spam to my little ole server.
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- All ISPs have a 'whitelist' and whatever they agree to put on it is allowed
access through their servers. A number of people in a forum that I write to
are AOL members and my mail was originally classified as spam until their
addresses, at my request, were added to the AOL whitelist. It's a pain I
know but a way to circumvent the system.
Take care Barry UK
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff Scism" <scismgenie@...>
Sent: Saturday, April 09, 2005 9:31 PM
Subject: Re: [NTO] PC power supply dead?
> One of the reasons I left AOL was because they have built in internet
> filtering, even of email. I do genealogy and I found that "key words" in
> the filters were things like Boy, sex, child, address, etc. things
> VERY commonly used in genealogy.
> AOL uses "proximity" filtering, and sometimes the real stuff gets
> through and the stuff I want to see never does.