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In todays age of technology internet security options are infinite Email scams hoaxes spam advertising and viruses are growing at a phenomenal rate The technologies to prevent malicious emails are not far behind Whilst computer security is not the only option when combating the misuse of e-mail it is the most sensible option and provides an ease of use to the home and commercial user Spam e-mails and hoax e-mails are growing more technologically advanced each day and dealing with hoax emails is annoying and time consuming at best and costly at worst Steve Polaks article Shut fraud window claims that Spam e-mail which is falsely claiming to be from one institution or another is quite common With the amount of internet security options available such as anti-virus software anti-spam spoftware firewalls and Patches for operating system are amazing that such a huge number of e-mails are getting through such systems Microsoft outlook blocks all downloads even jpgs unless you specify that they are from a reliable source So the fact that viruss are being received is not acceptable The other form of spam is hoax emails Programs such as outlook often block many of these until you specify it is from a reliable source Hoax e-mails are quite common and persistent but some fault lies on the user Most computer users dont understand how to identify malicious emails and informing them of this can be quite costly and time consuming With all the information readily available to inform people of the hoaxes around users usually dont see this as important because of how secure they feel having anti-virus software Nor do they have the background knowledge to understand and interpret information When an e-mail arrives from the National bank spelled Natianl the user sees this and still opens it fault lies on the user Noel Whittakers Phishing scans catch e-mailers explains the purpose of the scams are to con you into entertaining
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