Saturday, January 20, 2007

Canadian Soldiers-and spam issues.

I have received an email in which it would normally be forwarded as I wish to show my support for our Canadian Soldiers as well, however this is the sort of email message that most 'hackers' attempt to use to send along their Trojans. Why? Because of the content and how it is sure to be forwarded, just as this one was as it was sent from a client. As much as I attempt to explain and educate people on the 'correct way to send/forward email' when sending to more then one person and provide other TIPS to help you help yourself with the optimizing and cleaning of your system after you have done your Internet surfing for the day. The best way to prevent the SPAM and TROJAN HORSE viruses to get in to your system would be to send a 'link' and that's all, to the website in which you initially viewed this sort of message in the first place. If you have a blog or other website and wish to get something out there for others to read/see then posting it to your own site and then sending a link to it works best.

So to explain this easier, below is the initial message/email that I received and of course with any 'chain letter' styled email, they wish for you to forward this on as you want to get the word out there. So, instead of forwarding the email message, now that you have a website that has this information, you can quite easily send the link (the url address) along in the email to whomever and that way they will visit the site to read the message instead of you possibly sending along whatever 'crap' might be attaching itself to your outgoing email, or worse yet, you would be opening this email which has already got the code to infect your computer.

The initial message is below:

Here is a soldier stationed in Afghanistan; stationed in a big sand box. He asked his wife to send him dirt (Canadian soil), fertilizer, and some grass seed so that he can have the sweet aroma, and feel the grass grow beneath his feet. When the men of the squadron have a mission that they are going on, they take turns walking through the grass and the Canadian soil - to bring them good luck.

If you notice, he is even cutting the grass with a pair of a scissors. Sometimes we are in such a hurry that we don't stop and think about the little things that we take for granted.
Upon viewing this, please say a prayer for our Canadian soldiers that give and give (and give up) so unselfishly for us.

It is at this point in the email where they suggest you send this to any and all of your friends/family that you feel should also view it, however now that it is here on a website, all you really need to do is copy the URL (web address) in to a new email message whereas whomever you send the email to, will have a link in which they will click on and be directed to this site. This way you never downloaded anything from anyone and can quite easily pass on a simple address without compromising your own computer!

In case this previous paragraphy got you all confused in just what you are supposed to be sending, the link that you would copy and paste in this case would be: