email attachments and infections

From:"J. A. Kiernan" <>

On Tue, 30 Jan 2001, Amos & Theresa wrote:

> What's up with the attachment I keep getting TEXT.htm ??? If someone
> sends an attachment it is proper to introduce it within the body ...

Opening any email attachment is, to your computer, the equivalent
of allowing intimate contact of your body with that of a sexually
promiscuous other person. You should expect to catch something
nasty at best and deadly at worst.

To a computer, opening an attachment is potentially more dangerous 
than the comparable human adventure. An unfaithful wife or husband, 
or a frustrated sailor in a foreign port knows what she or he is 
risking, but the sender of an infected email attachment may be well 
known to the recipient but blissfully unaware of having contracted 
and passed on an e-VD.

The solution is simple, but it demands self discipline.
Delete every email with an attachment, unless you have
made a prior arrangement with the sender. 

John A. Kiernan
Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
The University of Western Ontario
London,  Canada   N6A 5C1

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