“ Protection against malicious email attachments „
The guys at Computer Associates who brought you the excellent and free for life InoculateIT Personal Edition have not rested on their laurels. They are determined to provide you with the tools to continue the fight against those who would trash your hard disk and spam your address book contacts. In the world of antivirus, the belt and braces approaches always pays dividends. You can never have too much security. The most recent concerns have been over email attachments and, even more disconcerting, embedded and hidden scripts. It is far too easy to inadvertently execute a potentially fatal procedure. What is required is a tool to catch these processes and isolate them, preventing them from wreaking the havoc they were maliciously designed to invoke. This process is known as sandboxing. Computer Associates have now made available another free personal version of one of their commercially available tools that performs this function. eTrust Content Inspection Personal Edition interfaces with all of the most popular email programs such as Outlook Express and Eudora to ring-fence all potentially dangerous email attachments such as those with the .vbs suffix that execute Visual Basic programs. You are warned that the attachment has been identified and told that if you really, really do want to run it then on your head be it but, you must first save it out of the email. It will also manage .exe attachments but here, it does let the program run but blocks any attempt by the attachment to access your hard drive. I have it installed and so far it has not fired off so I guess I’m lucky not to have received any suspect emails. Only time will tell how effective it is but so far so good. You can get your copy from http://ca.com/downloads/etrust/content_inspection_pe.htm by providing some brief registration information. UPDATE... Sadly no longer free. For full details see my opi
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