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From: Mary Jane Smith <>
Subject: Re: APG-D Digest V06 #42
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 18:12:51 -0500
No, they don't protect you from phishing, but they will automatically
put what you have defined as "Junk" into the "Junk" mailbox where you
can delete it. My e-mail software (Eudora), in fact, lets me "peak"
at e-mail messages (even the "Junk") from sources that I don't
recognize. Then I can decide whether it is legitimate or not and
take the appropriate action. My security suite (anti-virus, etc.):
Ewido (a German company) with Sygate firewall.
At 04:38 PM 2/1/2006, you wrote:
>Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 19:12:59 -0800 (PST)
>From: Katherine Flynn <>
>Subject: Re: [APG] PC Security
>Content-type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1
>While I whole-heartedly support everyone having a
>locked-down secure computer with a state-of-the-art
>firewall, antivirus software and anti-spyware - all
>being updated every night - this case is different.
>All on-line banking transactions, by default and by
>the way the banks set the site up, are secure and
>encrypted - that's the lock symbol in the lower right
>If someone leaves a on-line banking session OPEN and
>their computer on and with no firewall then a hacker
>could stumble upon this computer and proceed with
>financial transactions - a rare occurrence. Most
>banks terminate sessions automatically after a certain
>period of time.
>The most common theft procedure of bank funds is from
>someone being mislead and fooled by a phishing e-mail
>that leads to a phishing site that looks exactly like
>the real bank's site and they are lulled into entering
>their information there and never realize it was not
>the real thing. I suspect this is the more likely
>scenario. One of these ran through my company and
>well over 100 highly-educated people fell for it
>before the word got out.
>Finally, most banks protect losses for consumers if
>they notify the bank as soon as they realize they have
>been victimized and have inadvertently given their
>password to someone else. Something to check out when
>comparing bank services...
>Again, I fully support the firewall, etc. but all
>those still won't save you from phishing, the
>preferred method of thieves.
>All the best to all,
Mary Jane Frances Smith,
V.P., NIGR Alumni Asso.
Genealogist and Writer;
Virginia, South Carolina,