[Homeroast] E-mail addresses hijacked.

Mike Davis mldavis2 at sbcglobal.net
Mon Jan 23 12:38:17 CST 2012

I think often we get paranoid about our computer systems to the point of 
going overboard.  I've run Windows machines since the days of the 
original IBM-PC with never a problem on my own computer.  I have had 
mailing lists "stolen" from other sources, however, but never directly 
from my own machines.  (Yahoo had a very old e-mail contact list of mine 
hacked and used for spam back in the days I used Yahoo e-mail readers 
which tipped me off when e-mails from persons long deceased bounced.)  
Common sense in web surfing is the best way to avoid problems, and never 
click on an embedded link unless you KNOW the sender and the link is an 
intentional inclusion in their e-mail.

I run Windows 7 64-bit with Microsoft Security Essentials (free for 
downloading), Avast! anti-virus (free version), WinPatrol and then 
Malwarebytes as an occasional second opinion run.  These have been 
chosen because they are mutually compatible (unlike recent Symantic 
products or Zone Alarm, both of which can cause major problems with 
Windows built-in firewall).  All updates are manually downloaded every 
morning before logging onto the net and sometimes checked again during 
the day.  I do not want my programs "phoning home" during heavy 
CPU-intensive work, causing my computer to stumble or asking for a 
reboot.  I keep minimal personal information on my computer, and any 
files remotely interesting to a hacker are password protected behind my 
AV and firewalls.  Never a problem.  I don't have time to learn a new OS 
for the sole purpose of sending and receiving e-mails.

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