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  • Will McGown
    Be careful of any email greeting cards that you get READ THIS BEWARE!! FYI, Just In Time For The Holidays: Those cute little electronic greeting cards you
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 4, 2002
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      Be careful of any email greeting cards that you get READ THIS BEWARE!!

       

      FYI, Just In Time For The Holidays: Those cute little electronic greeting cards you occasionally get from friends may be a real problem.

       

      The ones I'm speaking of are those where there's a link that says

      "[Some Name] has sent you a greeting card. Go here to get your greeting card".

       

      There's a new card company called "FriendGreetings.com". When you get

      a card notification from them and click on the link, it will take you

      to their site. You will be notified that you have to install an

      ActiveX control in order to view the card. When you begin to install,

      the first thing that pops up is what is known as a "EULA" (End User

      License Agreement). It is very long, and you will not read it. They're

      counting on that. When you scroll to the bottom of it and click

      "Accept," you have agreed to the terms of the EULA.

       

      Part of what you will have agreed to is to have monitoring/spyware

      software installed on your computer which will periodically report a

      vast array of data back to the card company. The other part that

      you've agreed to is to have the software send mail to EVERY SINGLE

      ADDRESS IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK.

       

      In short, you've voluntarily agreed to install a virus-type product on

      your machine. This is not a good thing.

       

      See:

      t269-s2124528%2C00.html,http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-

      s2124528,00.html for details.

       

      Since there is no virus in the email, and since you're VOLUNTARILY

      agreeing to install the ActiveX component, VIRUS CHECKERS WILL NOT

      CATCH THIS.

       

      Just a reminder: DO NOT OPEN EMAIL ATTACHMENTS when you are not

      expecting them, and DO NOT RUN ANYTHING FROM THE INTERNET WHICH REQUIRES A EULA AGREEMENT.

       

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