E-mail address, a cautionary tale

  Roadgiant 09:26 23 May 2004

A few weeks ago my 14 yr old son wanted to use Hotmail as all his friends were using it all the time for chat etc, I reluctantly agreed having heard stories before about problems caused.
At the same time as I set it up for him I also set Hotmail up for myself to have a look to see what it was about, (we have 2 Pcs on a home network).
About 3 weeks ago I started getting 2 or three e-mails a day containg the I-Worm/ Netsky virus which thankfull my anti-virus software AVG detected.
I (like most people I expect) have more than one e-mail address, and when I signed up with Hotmail I used an e-mail address that I have never given out or used before (or since) and as you can probably guess that was the address the e-mail with viruses attached were coming in on.
I have since removed the offending e-mail address from Outlook Express and only now check that particular address on the web server.
Any comments or similar experienxces anyone?

  Dumble452 10:07 23 May 2004

Yes, happens all the time. I only use hotmail as a web mail address. My main mail address is with blueyonder and their anti virus software has intercepted the one or two dodgy emails that I have received recently. On top of that I have PC-cillin installed which seems to sort out anything else, together with Spyware Blaster, Ad Aware and Spybot. I'm starting to feel quite paranoid about the whole thing!

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