rooster Posted January 25, 2005 Share Posted January 25, 2005 Hello & greetings; This is my first post and I am a newbie to the net and to this forum. Over the last few weeks I have read what I could find on: SMPT, TCP, UDP, IGMP, POP3, INet Protocols, HTML, "How to Read EMail Headers", URL's, IP's, ISP's, Domain Names, and all the literature about O/D-ing on Ibuprophen. Oh, and I've read all I could find by way of FAQ's and posts on this forum. But now I have a blizzard of Q's. If I understand the practice of this forum, the idea is to ask just one or two at a time. I just hope members can be a little patient with me until I get up to speed. I use OE 6. My problem began when a friend of mine who doesn't believe he needs to update his AV ware (or even try to understand what being infected actually means) or take other precautions, got a trojan and my addie got harvested. He still doesn't believe he is causing any problems and simply refuses to assume responsibility. Before this occurred, I only got a couple of spam a week, on average. I learned just enough about "WhoIs-ing" the 3 major networks, and how to use Traceroute and Netcraft, before discovering this site, to forstall all but one spammer. He is really proving to be a challenge. My first Q has to do with the, "Forwarding as an Attachments", as recommended by your FAQ's, Miss Betsy (Jan 20 2005, 01:24 PM Post #5) and Flagginator (same thread). My concerns are: not opening the preview pane so's not to activate the "bug" response back to the spammer, and not opening email or attachments which I don't trust. I read that working offline affords some degree of protection and I do have AVG email scanning in situ, but I am paranoid that some clever professional spammer (porcosapiens) will bomb me with something, anyway. If they can 'bug' my preview pane, then what *can't* they do? Until my last submission, I used the web reporting page and just hi-lited the preview page. But I have just realized (by accident) much of my spam has attachments in addition to masked links in the actual message itself. I discovered this when I tried to forward a report using OE and the darned page opened. I had not realized that was how it worked. I assumed I could forward the whole shebang unopened. So; how do I hi-lite a message safely? My second Q concerns the "DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING" in the header or message imperative. Some of my spam has 20-50 lines of 'white space' in between sections of the message. I don't understand enough about MIME limitations to know if this feature compromises SC tracking abilities or not, but I ask whether manually compressing some of these 'blank verse' epistles would help or hinder the process? I hope members can be a little patient with me for a while. Bear in mind that until just a few months ago I thought 'download" meant what you do to your teenager when they blow curfew and "Megahertz" was just some campy expression about what to expect if you 'dissed' a biker's ride. rooster Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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