has e-mail and if you and your business do not have
e-mail, your business has a problem. Also your e-mail
address should advertise your business, not Microsoft's
Hotmail service or your local ISP. Besides those free
e-mail accounts have some serious limitations, like
reliability and size of attachments (if attachments
are even allowed).
along with the good e-mail, comes Spam (unsolicited
e-mail) and viruses! LCR can not stop Spam, but then
we don't allow our customers to send Spam and will
kick you off for sending Spam.
viruses! What do we do about viruses? LCR uses virus
scanners at the e-mail level to make sure they don't
get into your inbox in the first place.
you say you have a virus scanner on your computer!
Well, how often do you check for updates for your
virus scanner? Once a week? Once a month? If you do,
you are among the few that do. However that is not
good enough anymore.
LCR, we check HOURLY
for new virus information automatically. And we make
sure our e-mail virus scanners work. We send test
e-mail to ourselves and make sure that the e-mail
virus scanners catch and stomp on those nasty buggers.
EVERY DAY! Not once in a while or once a week or once
do we do that so often? These days, new viruses are
written and found daily.. So we HAVE to be on top
of that. Now the companies that write virus-scanning
software are run and operated by real people just
like you and me. Subject to making mistakes from time
to time. Not very often in our experience, but it
right after checking and installing any new virus
definitions files, we send our selves a test virus
to make sure the virus scanning software was not disabled
by the latest definition file. In case you are wondering,
no it's not a live computer virus. There is a trade
organization called EICAR (www.eicar.org).
They wrote some test code and all the major anti-virus
programs support this test code. We put that code
inside a zip archive and e-mail it to ourselves. And
every day, we get a note from our anti-virus software
that this e-mail was infected with the EICAR test
by the way, the latest e-mail viruses are not nice.
They pick random files from your hard drive and infect
them and send them out to whoever is in your address
book. They don't care if it's a copy of the company
financials or a note to your sweetheart or a letter
critical of your boss. If that doesn't convince you
that you need virus scanned e-mail from LCR