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A Case in Point
Tonight in my OE inbox, I received an email that appeared to be an E-Card that was sent to me. This is a time when I wish that Symantec would be scanning my emails. Since I have to use Port 587, they are not being scanned. My birthday is coming up next week. The sender space and the subject seemed to be kind of general like I would call it. I remember getting E-Cards in the past and the sender's name or email address would be either in the sender's spot or in the subject line. This one just said E-Card as the sender and You Have Received a E-Card Greeting. Even though my birthday is next week, there was no mention of who actually sent it that was visible. I looked at the properties of the card without opening it up. I can see the header information by doing that, but the card isn't opened up. I could see 1 2 3 Greetings APPEARED to be the company that sent the card. Now that is a well-known Greeting card company. Above that address though was some other address. One that I didn't recognise. Using that Properties, you can also see the message without opening it up. There seemed to be a name inside of someone who supposedly sent this E-Card. I didn't recognise that name either. I have gotten Email cards in the past, so I know there is usually a link inside the email so you can see the card. Best practice is to copy that link and copy it into your browser to open it up. I could see the message part without opening it up and there was no link or number of the card. I no longer have that email in my inbox since I deleted it without opening it up. I knew what to do about it, but this is a case when I wish that Symantec would implement scanning of emails from other than just what used to be the only standard ports for email. I've been told by Symantec Staff that they will implement that scanning of the new standard ports, but not until the next version in 2011. Oh, another clue I had about this email. Inside the message part, I saw that they spelled Greettings incorrectly and the email addy was like 1 2 3 Greettings.net.com. I don't think there is any email address that uses both .net. com like that.
Yes, I might have been protected if I had opened up that email, but why should I have to take that chance that the 2nd layer of protection would have kicked in? It was so very tempting to open it up since my birthday is next week, but I resisted that temptation and deleted it without opening it up. Perhaps if it were scanned like it would have been if I could use standard ports for email, then maybe it would never have reached my inbox.