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#1 zapping

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 06:06 PM

Hello :)  This is my first post and I was referred here because there were a lot of experts who could address my concerns :) 

 

I had a question about email, specifically about whether I can catch something nasty just by opening or previewing an email.  I know to never click on an unknown link, but on rare occasions, I get emails from an address that looks legitimate.  I click on it and if I see a link or if it just basically says a bunch of nonsense, I automatically delete it or mark it as junk.  Is it possible to catch a virus/Trojan/malware from text in the email (I'm not the smartest on computers so I don't know whether people can hide stuff in a message).

 

I have Norton Internet Security 2013 and believe that it offers some email security protection but I know that all security software is not 100% so just wanted to hear from the experts here on what I can do to enhance my email protection. 

 

Thanks a lot for your help/advice.



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 04:51 AM

What are you using for email? Some webmail services come with automatic attachment scanning. Mine does. Norton isn't going to help you if you click on a malicious link. And in many cases, the spammer isn't looking to infect your computer but wants your info to use as a spambot. So you need to be more careful. Phishers are very clever. I don't click on anything unless I know who it is. But a lot of spam disguises itself as legitimate.


Edited by frankp316, 16 March 2013 - 04:53 AM.


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Posted 16 March 2013 - 07:01 AM

Hello, thanks for your reply....I am using Yahoo mail.

 

I know not to click on the links, I just was wondering if the act of opening an email itself might possibly compromise something (either my email account or computer).



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:38 AM

Yes.



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 07:09 PM

Yes, since Nov. 2012,with the invention of  “drive-by emails.”  Like “drive-by downloads” they infect machines without having to open an attachment, download a file or click on a link. These are produced by HTML e-mails containing a JavaScript that automatically downloads malware the moment it’s opened. 

 

The key to spotting these is a message that appears as “Loading…Please wait…” You could turn of HTML and prevent it but, most email is HTML and therefore not practical. Your best protection is that your e-mail account is protected by an updated product against spam and malware.


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