“ Watches for evidence of worms in emails trying to propagate emails from your address book. „
Computer Associates, never one to rest on their laurels, has been working hard to close yet another potential weakness in the armour against the determined hacker. And once again they have supplied the fruits of their labours free for personal use. Despite all of our efforts to keep out unwelcome guests with standard antivirus and email content inspection tools, there may still be the possibility that the truly crafty villain may slip through. However, that is no reason not to deploy these tools. There are non-commercial and commercial developers like Computer Associates who provide you with them for free. Many have been reviewed in the pages of this esteemed site. It’s just up to you to read the reviews, decide which one you like most and to download and install it. Now you can download the latest weapon, eTrust Mail Watcher. It works from the other end than the normal antivirus tool. Instead of trying to keep the b****rs out (that is the job of the antivirus tool) it says, if they still get in, what would be the effects that you would notice? Worm viruses that we have seen in recent times have spread their infections around by perusing your address book and mailing themselves to, say, the first 50 or , in some cases, all of your contacts. It is this mass-mailing exercise that Mail Watcher stomps on. Mail Watcher looks specifically for any attempt to generate email where this is not associated with an expected process, such as Eudora. You can download eTrust Mail Watcher at http://www.cai.com/solutions/enterprise/etrust/content_inspection/personal/mailwat cher.htm by completing a short registration process. Computer Associates do supply as a part of the installation and testing procedure a little Visual Basic program which you can download and run, which mimics the sort of activity Mail Watcher is designed to eliminate. On the basis that you cannot have too much security, Mail Watcher sounds like
a good idea to me. Of course, the proof of the pudding is in catching the first such virus. So far I’ve been lucky. However, I do now sleep more soundly at night. UPDATE... Sadly no longer free. For full details see my opinion on Computer Associates InoculateIT Personal Edition.