a Chicago Police Woman dressed as a Hooker and doing the stroll
down Elston Avenue, I sometimes have to be the bait to catch the
bad guys. It's dangerous, I know, but we fight the good fight.
I have multiple PCs, multiple virus protection
softwares, multiple email hosts, multiple email accounts, and a
wide range of protection (or lack thereof) from spam.
What I use at clients, what I introduce into their
environment, is tested safe and uses recognized industry
Best Practices. What I dangle as bait is a whole different story.
The large anti-virus vendors, AVG, Avast, Trend Micro,
Symantec, McAfee, Kaspersky, all have unprotected Servers around
the world. These vulnerable Servers are chum, the blood in the
water, bait to all the computer hacker terrorists world wide.
I evaluate and use these products daily, but I also
want a head's up when there's a new shark swimming near my sunny
beaches. So I have some email accounts that don't get protected at
all, and some that have minimal protection, and I try different
protections, so I can see what's in the water.
You know at Christmas time there will be a lot of "USPS was unable to
deliver..." email based virus attacks. Valentine's
Day and Mother's Day there will be a lot of "You have an eCard,
download it here..." email based virus attacks.
But there's a new twist.
Now the bad guys are using bogus Public Service
Announcements pretending to be the good guys and until there's a
signature, a pattern or discernible trait, we're going to have to
use our own God given grey matter to stay safe.
This PSA from the NY City Police even told me what
software to use in downloading it's virus payload. Thank you very
Bulletin Headline: HOMICIDE SUSPECT
New York City Police
Location: NY - New York - New York City Police Bulletin Case#:
14-68404 Bulletin Author: BARILLAS #7264 Sending User #: 65767
APBnet Version: 768991
The bulletin is
a pdf attachment to this email.
The Adobe Reader
(from Adobe.com) will display and print the bulletin best.
You can Not
reply to the bulletin by clicking on the Reply button in your email
rely on fear, and it's not a giant leap to think they'll start
faking Amber Alerts, school closings, and emergency emails from the
been ring to reach you by phone...", to attack us.
We get email 24/365 and sometimes we're not prepared. It's like
getting pitched at in the dugout.