I have been
receiving an unusual amount of email messages over the last week or two that
have attachments which Microsoft Outlook identifies as potentially harmful
viruses. Fortunately, they are deleted upon arrival but I am concerned that I am
receiving two or three a day for different sources. These are not originating on
the listservices but are sent directly to my personal address instead of my
forwarding addresses that I usually use. I understand that most messages
identify my actual e-mail address in the same line where the forwarding address
is used. The forwarding address is a convenience that allows me to change ISP's
or services without notifying everyone on my contact list of a new address. I
simply go to www.mail.com and change the link
where mail arriving is forwarded to.
I am wondering if it
is because I have a website online or is this fairly common with those of you
who are online a great deal. I am not concerned because of numerous protections
from firewall software, Norton's Antivirus and Microsoft upgrades that catch
Outlook based errors. However, they are annoying.
I am also concerned
because Verizon, my ISP and Web hosting service, has added spam control to their
server. It is included in my monthly service, but the amount of spam I receive
has increased after Verizon announced the new software as of last June.
Again, is this my
problem alone, or are others find this a serious problem?