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Old 02-26-2005, 08:49 AM   #1
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Default Loads of viruses since signing up

I probably shouldn't have done this (officer!) but the forum software asked for an email address when I signed up, so I gave my mobile phone address. Nobody else knows it, and in the last couple of days I've received about 40 viruses to that address. Anyone else been afflicted? What happens if I delete the email from my user profile?
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Old 02-26-2005, 09:32 AM   #2
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Before we get into looking into how to make a special membership with no email address in our records, let's hear from other members about whether they are experiencing a sudden increase in viruses. We have the board set so user email addresses are not displayed on the board, unless the user voluntarily changes his user settings to display it. I just checked your settings, and you never turned your email display on. So I doubt very much if the viruses are a result of this board. But let's hear from everyone else before ruling this out. And as for me, I am not getting viruses to my personal email address or to the admin email address for this board.
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Old 02-26-2005, 10:32 AM   #3
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No viruses here! (Nor any increase in junk mail of any kind.)

   
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>>franca: No viruses here! (Nor any increase in junk mail of any kind.)

Same here...

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Old 02-26-2005, 11:55 AM   #5
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>>robins: so I gave my mobile phone address.

I've heard on the news that there is an increase in "spim"--spam to mobile phone email...since Andrew said you hadn't turned on your email display, I wonder if it's just coincidence???

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Old 02-26-2005, 01:00 PM   #6
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Robin:

'I gave my mobile phone address. Nobody else knows it'

My e-mail address is visible for all to see if they want to—and yours isn't. No spam to speak of, and no e-mails with strange attachments that might contain attachments.

I didn't know that mobile phones were susceptible to viruses. What happens if your phone gets one?

   
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Andrew, I used an email address unique to this board and haven't received any email addressed to it beyond the original ack from you when I signed up.

Next question: has anybody put Robin's email on their computer (in Outlook or some other virus vector app like it that also does emai)?

   
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Old 02-27-2005, 03:28 AM   #8
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Luckily, the viruses don't affect my mobile: the phone company is also an ISP, and I get a text message alerting me when any emails go there. The ISP removes the viruses automatically, but they're beginning to get a bit cross with me, especially as many of the subjects are "You visit illegal and porn websites", which is just NOT true, honest!
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Old 02-27-2005, 09:27 AM   #9
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Robin:

"You visit illegal and porn websites"

Even though a surprisingly high proportion of grown men do visit porn sites (I'm told!), it seems a poor 'come-on' to lure people into downloading a virus. Of course, most of these messages are intended for Americans, not clean-living Britons.

   
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Old 02-27-2005, 02:21 PM   #10
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a surprisingly high proportion of grown men do visit porn sites
Quite. When I'm asked to fix somebody's computer I now warn them that if I find any porno I'll delete it. You'd be amazed at how many blokes feign shock horror when I tell 'em what I found. Clean-living Britons, my arse <gg>!!
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