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Old 12-10-2009, 06:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Do viruses only come as attachments to emails?

Recently, I've been getting tons of emails for everything from xxxxxx to penny stocks. some of the emails have a "unsubscribe" button at the bottom, but I'm reluctant to click on it thinking it will download a virus. Am I being too paranoid - are there viruses applicable to smartphones?
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First, don't use your @carrier.blackberry.net anywhere it can be harvested. Don't use it for registrations. There is no spam filter on that account.

Second, enable spam filters on you other email accounts.

Do not click on any links in spam emails. On the blackberry, do not get images in spam emails. And do not click the unsubscribe link.

Finally, the risk of the BB being infected is very, very small, probably zero, unless you give permission for it to install.. But you can pass along malware in emails when/if you forward to someone else.
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Most of the unsubscribe in emails that I get, actually does unsubscribe.
Very few have viruses, instead the main image etc wanting you to submit your details, give them money etc.
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An attachment with the suffix ".scr" is very often a virus. Your BlackBerry is immune, but you can be a carrier, like Typhoid Mary, and pass that virus on to anyone to whom you forward that infected email.
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Some good advice has been given so far. As for the unsubscribe link, as mentioned above, clicking that will unsubscribe you at times. Other spammers use that link to find out if an account is active. If you click it to unsubscribe to the email, they know the account is active and will continue to spam the account with junk. Just a heads up. Best to use a spam filter as stated above.
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The times the unsubscribe link has worked for me is when it's obvious the sender got my email from an affiliated organization, like political or charitable org's. Some of the borderline spam from retailers has been hit and miss. I've never clicked on the unscribe link in the rest for the reason stated by jsconyers. On the whole, I auto-send 99% of it to the junk folder and don't even try the unsubscribe link.
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Just out of curiosity, how many spam emails do you filter each day? Having had the same address since 1995, I get about 600 each day that are successfully filtered, and about 15/day that still slip through.
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Me? I don't know how much is in the junk filter. Not hundreds though. Just a few get through to the blackberry. None of the hardcore spam gets through. Yahoo and Windows Live spam filters catch just about everything, even legit email from listserves. My ISP email server catches the bad stuff, but there's some, such as from New York & Company and Levengers that I haven't taken the trouble to mark as spam, and it comes through. I clicked the unsubsribe link on both of those, got the confirmation, but still get the emails. I've had the ISP account since the early or mid-90's, and the yahoo account almost as long.
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