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E-M:/ EM List Virus Vulnerability Before End of the Year



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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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Dear EM List Participants:

I am writing to remind all Enviro-Mich List  participants to be
particularly vigilant in the next 2-3 weeks concerning
needed measures to avoid transmission of viruses on the
Enviro-Mich list.

I've reviewed recent forecast expectations of large numbers
of new viruses expected to be produced prior to the end of the
year and I'm asking all EM List participants to take the
following precautions to avoid virus transmission on the
EM list.

We've already had a couple incidents of such transmission on
the EM list;  I'd urge all EM list participants to take new precautions
because of expected virus threats in the next few weeks.

I'd suggest the measures below  to protect both your computer and
the EM list in this period of special vulnerability:

1.   Download and install a new virus definition list for your
anti-virus software today and continue to download new
versions every other day for the next 2-3 weeks.

2.   Do not open file attachments on email messages that
are files ending in   ".EXE"  that are transmitted over
Enviro-Mich (or any other email list you are on) under any
circumstances at all. ...even if you know the person
who sent the message.   Just highlight the file (which will
be in the default attachment subdirectory for your email
client software) and DELETE it.    DO NOT DOUBLE CLICK
ON THE FILE AS THIS WILL INFECT YOUR MACHINE AND
CAUSE RE-TRANSMISSION OF SUCH CONTAMINATED
FILES.

Some files ending with   ".DOC"  will also contain MS Word
Macro viruses are are similarly suspect.


3.   If you receive a message from someone without going
through an email list and the message contains a file
attachment   ending in  ".EXE"  or ".DOC",   call this person
to determine if such a file was intentional sent.    Delete any
files not intentionally sent.

4.   Many viruses portray themselves as electronic greeting cards,
explodable EXE files containing pictures, etc. or other such
"trojan horses."    Do not open such files unless you know
that they have been previously scanned by a virus checker
running a recently updated virus definition file.

5.   If your email client software is set to automatically run file 
attachments when
they are received  (usually this is NOT the case with software default
settings), it is best to disable this feature.

6.   Additional virus information, including free removal programs
and breaking news on virus transmission are available at:

http://www.getvirushelp.com/


Please help us protect system and data integrity with the
Enviro-Mich list and for individuals and organizations
in Michigan's environmental and conservation
community.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at  ajs@sagady.com or
(517) 332-6971  if you have questions concerning this message.

Alexander J. Sagady
Enviro-Mich Listmanager
Chairperson, Information Systems Committee
Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter


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Environmental Enforcement, Permits/Technical Review, Public Policy and
Communications on Air, Water and Waste Issues
and Community Environmental Protection

PO Box 39  East Lansing, MI  48826-0039
(517) 332-6971 (voice); (517) 332-8987 (fax)
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