The information security gurus at Symantec Corporation have seen it fit to warn us all that spammers are now looking to con troubled lovers into parting with their personal information, at the very least, in return for a reversal of fortunes in their relationships. Symantec issues this five-point advisory for consumers:
- "Be careful what you click on. Exercise caution when clicking on links from unknown senders.
- "Remember never to respond to spam. A response will let the spammer know he has reached an active email address, and this just leads to even more spam. Likewise, clicking on links within a spam email that promises to remove you from the sender's mailing list will again reaffirm the email address is active for the spammer. Delete suspicious email without reading it.
- "Get multiple email addresses for multiple purposes. Have one email address specifically for personal use, known only to family, friends and colleagues. Another email address could be used for mailing lists and newsletters, and still another for online inquires and orders.
- "Watch where you post your email address. To avoid being caught by bots collecting email addresses, don't post your full email address on any publicly accessible Web page.
- "Deploy protection: Ensure you are using an up-to-date security solution that protects against spam and viruses whilst still allowing legitimate email through. Norton Internet Security 2009 is the only product in the AV-Test labs' top rank for detection with no false positives -- basically it keeps the malicious emails out and lets the authentic ones in!" MIS Asia
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