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    Posted on May 23rd, 2010 admin No comments

    I get a lot of phone calls…help, do you know of a good unzipper for WinXp? What’s your favorite free antivirus, hey do you know of a program that will….well you can fill in the blank.

    Also if something critical comes out and I am worried that some of the people who might not notice because they are watching their business.

    I’ve have said again and again to friends, family and clients to never click on any attachment in email from any source that you don’t absolutely trust. I usually say don’t click on any attachments but sometimes that isn’t practical. Sometimes you have to get a link in an email from a techsupoport, or a plug-in or attachment to update your software.

    So how do people know if an email attachment came from me?

    I use a cert to prove that the email isn’t “spoofed”

    You can look up the whole term spoof at Wikipedia but the short explanation is making an email look like to came from some other source than it really came from. It is used by hackers as a social engineering hack to get people to infect their own systems by clicking on an attachment that they think came from a trusted source.

    By having an email cert, it further proves the email actually came from me, kind of like that lock on your browser when you are at your bank’s site that you can check and make sure you are at your bank’s real site.

    With all the Microsoft Outlook Hacks, a cert is a must!

    Comodo offers free email certs

    InstantSSL(technically also comodo) also offers free email certs

    Click on download, fill it out, you will get a cert sent to that email, import it, either through Trust Certer in Outllok 2007+, or mail setting in 2003 or lower.

    That way you know who is sending or they know who really sent that attachment!