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E-mail File Extensions?


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#1 nu2this

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 11:06 AM

I know this is a very basic question but I don't know the answere.

How does one check the file type (extension) in e-mails. I know that you souldn't open any .exe extensions but how does oe check? My OS is wndows XP.

Thanks for any help.

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 11:47 AM

Are you using an E-mail client such as Thunderbird or Outlook Express to read E-mails on your computer, or are you viewing your E-mails on line?

Thunderbird, for example, will identify the attachment at the bottom of the screen with the name and file type. GMail will show you the attachment below a line in the body of the E-mail; in the case of jpegs, etc., it will preview the picture (s) attached, and will provide the file name and type.

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 11:59 AM

Thanks for the reply. I am just viewing my mail on line. I really want to not open anything by mistake that will harm my computer. That's what prompted the question. Do you have any suggesstions?

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 12:12 PM

Whose E-mail service are you using? Almost any E-mail has a preview pane that will open when you click on the E-mail; if there are attachments, these generally show up at the bottom of the message. As long as you don't download them, they remain on the web and do not harm your own computer.
A good rule, though, is to delete any E-mail from either an unknown sender/ or from a known sender but with an attachment you are not expecting or not clearly identified in the message body itself as actually something from the sender.
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