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Re: seaint Digest for 28 Jan 2001

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> From: "Structuralist" <dennis.wish(--nospam--at)gte.net>

> You are doing neither yourself or the professional community with whom you
> communicate a service be leaving the list. You can, however, protect
> yourself from viruses sent to this list by simply subscribing in digest
> format. Rather than receive the original infected message, you receive a
> compiled message minus all attachments in digest form. This will give you
> the information you desire from the list without the threat of a virus.

Actually, no. All of the attachments are received in the digest format
as well. Your digest reader or OLMR may not display them and, in this
case, may not respond to them if it was Java enabled.

> best thing you can do is to upgrade your equipment so as to meet a minimum
> standard for virus protection or refrain from downloading files or messages
> in anything other than text (ASCII) format. You should be able to change the
> settings on your browser or email program to receive in ASCII format only.

Typically, attachments are encoded in an ASCII format (it's a UNIX
legacy), or in the case of the recent virus, it was simply ASCII/Java(?)
code. Many mail viewers (e.g. MS OE) will display/run such attachments
by default. One needs to turn OFF the default (or not use products, with
80% market penetration, connected to the internet).

-- 
Paul Ransom, P. Eng.
Civil/Structural/Project/International
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
<mailto:ad026(--nospam--at)hwcn.org> <http://www.hwcn.org/~ad026/civil.html>