I've been virus free for over twenty years and I only use Windows. Windows XP
has never crashed or caused a problem. Common sense is my first line of
defense. Why would I open an email from someone I don't know? There are ways
to open virus files in Windows also without being infected.
Y'right! The message I copied/pasted from her was one she got through NY
State, as she works in county Medicaid office, so they are probably 99.99%
M$. She says the last nasty virus that got loose took over a month before
the state/counties finally got it completely cleaned out of their systems,
and some counties were without computer services(through state links) for
over a week.
One of our other girls is personal secretary for county Supreme Court judge,
and when 9/11 happened, NYS computer links were down for some time until
they could be re-routed. Apparently the main distribution hub/servers for
the state were in the sub-basements of WTC.
Those who know the least will always know it the loudest.
Frankly, I don't get how companies still get infected with this stuff. I'm
a systems engineer and our firewall already blocks all of those file
extensions plus about two dozen others. (Actually, we let in .zip files,
and I sent another friendly reminder to the staff today that if they open a
zip, they'd better be damn sure they know what it is) It's not exactly
rocket science. I can see it happening to less-informed home users, but for
any company bigger than 50 people, I just don't know. It would be great to
get a list of the nearby companies that got infected, because they
apparently need computer help.
Well, I can tell you about one large soft-drink company based in Atlanta
that was pretty much hosed by the BLASTER virus. 20000 desktops, all of
which were running 2k and most got infected. Its not always the mom and
pop type establishments or the AOL users (no offense to any AOL users out
there. It happens all the time.
We stopped over 5000 of those e-mails from getting into our small (relatively
speaking) company today alone. We also block most payload-type
attachments, as well as jpg, gif, bmp, mp* files...you'd be surprised what
people send each other at work. I'm a fairly twisted individual, but some
of the stuff I've seen come in would drive a buzzard off the shit wagon.
i.e. you lock things down and also as a side benefit cripple the ability
of people to collaborate and accomplish their tasks in an efficient
manner as well.
Why would anyone send another person an mp* file unless it was
"extracurricular"?, you ask. Well, let's see, how about sending out
product demos, the results of test events, and other such either morale
or marketing tools? As far as images, how about sending or receiving
product pictures, inputs to presentations or other such materials.
yeah, blocking everything stops a few people from sending around
trash, but then, at my company if you do that they walk your butt out
the door -- and we can actually accomplish our jobs using IT assets
instead of being hindered by them.
I do see your point and agree with a lot of what you are saying. However,
not every environment is alike. Also unfortunate is the fact that sometimes
the "powers that be" decide that it is much easier from an administrative
standpoint to take privledges away from everyone instead of treating the
underlying problem. As I have to explain to people on almost a daily basis,
as a member of the IS staff, I only enforce the policies that have been
handed down from above.
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