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From: Patrick Ahlbrecht (p.ahlbrecht_at_billiton.de)
Date: Sun Feb 16 2003 - 07:55:49 CST
Am Sonntag 16 Februar 2003 10:57 schrieb Gour:
it's probably a bit off-topic and I'll earn a lot of *plonk*'s for this post,
> Since I run qmail on my SuSE box, I patched it and use it with
> qmail-scanner which automatically calls f-prot scan-engine and if there
> is some virus found, I get report as an email, and virus is put in
> quarantine where I can check it and remove it. Very useful.
This is a point I disagree strongly with. I consider the idea of installing a
virus scanner in the mailsystem greatly flawed and/or contraproductive:
Why do people tend to see bugs in the Microsoft system as something completly
normal, which that linux thingee over there in corner has to take care of?
Why is it, that the problem is not fixed, where it occurs? Either by finally
replacing Outlook (it's not like there are no alternatives), or at least by
putting a decent AV Software on the according client and giving the users a
basic "How to use the net" tutorial (after all: Would you give someone a
loaded weapon without some instructions)? Such a tutorial could easily be put
in the emailfolder upon account creation.
Educating users may be something very uncompfortable (for both, you and them),
but in the long run could save you a lot of trouble (like user A complaining
about how long it takes to download the 30MB+ word document, via ISDN, user B
sent to the team mailing list). After all, if you cannot disciple your users
into not using a certain broken email app, how do you prevent them from
setting up a second account with some freemailer and getting their share of
malware through there?
-- Patrick Ahlbrecht - billiton internetservices Systemadministration direct phone: 0271/3038619
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