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Kip Ot
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 11:01 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I am new, so please forgive any silly questions I might ask now or in the near future...

When a lad sends you a jpeg or other attachment, is there a way to check it first to see if it's safe to open and store on your computer?

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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 12:40 am Reply with quoteBack to top

A jpeg or png file should not be a problem, as there is no executable code in it. A PostScript or PDF is different, as PS is a complete programming language. It's unlikely that a lad will send you a virus intentionally, but he could send one by accident. I suggest that you do not open such files on a Windows box and do not open them as root.

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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 6:18 am Reply with quoteBack to top

If you us Gmail, you can use the "View" functionality to safely look at attachments such as pics and documents.

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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 1:20 am Reply with quoteBack to top

It's rare for lads to use technical attacks, they usually stick to social engineering and manipulation. With that said we have seen a few smart Alecs trying it on with malware of various sorts so best to be on your guard. Keep your antivirus system fed and be careful with attachments.

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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 8:36 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Yep what all the above have said is a good sound advice, the golden rule is if in doubt dont open it.

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