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Cowboys In Cybersp@ce - February 2001

"I Love You…Not!"

Who are all these people sending you E-mail? Some of it is fantastic, but a lot of it is junk, advertising things you couldn't possibly want, or trying to separate you from your hard-earned money. Delete them or, if you get repeated messages from the same source, use the mail filters (sometimes called Message Rules) that you'll find under the TOOLS menu of your E-mail program to direct them directly to your rubbish bin!

computer devil Make sure you have a reputable Anti-Virus program installed, and that it has an option to update itself over the Internet. Remember to use this update facility to protect yourself against the latest outbreak of nasties. Many E-mail viruses are often disguised as messages from someone you know (e.g. last year's infamous 'I Love You' virus) and the person who sent it is usually an unwitting accomplice, who doesn't even know their own machine is infected.

Watch out for files attached to E-mails, even if they come from someone you trust. If a (Windows) file ends in .exe (short for executable) or .scr (short for screensaver), it could run itself before you have time to assess any possible threat. Funny little programs are amusing at first, but the novelty value soon wears off when you experience the first one that is really a virus in disguise! Currently, keep an eye out for PrettyPark.exe and the Joke.exe that comes attached to a Snow White fairytale from someone called 'hahaha', and DELETE them on sight. Take no prisoners!

angry at computer Another useful tool for Microsoft Outlook Express users, is a free patch (a small program that modifies a larger program) that closes a known security hole - a flaw that enables malicious viruses and worms to get loose when you preview a message without you even fully opening it. With the patch installed, the next time you get a message that hides something like the KaK Worm (sounds nasty doesn't it?), you'll get a warning instead of a headache. Outlook Express users look here or or here and Outlook users look here.

Also, if you pass on a bogus virus alert (and there are many) to all your contacts, you might be clogging up the pipes just as badly as a real virus. First check this Virus Myths page or, who ya gonna call... Hoaxbusters!

  
Some new Country Music
Web sites to check out:

  • More than just 'Simple Things' at the beautiful Tamara Stewart's excellent new home in cyberspace;

  • 'Piano bar and Country Star…sexy, bluesy magic…' can only mean one person - Leslie Avril;

  • Everybody's favourite Ratbag - Jim Haynes' site includes some Australian Heritage of Verse;

  • Bikes and shades and wild music - The Wolverines;

  • Peta Caswell

    From a musical family and with a growing swag of acclamation, a young star in the making - Peta Caswell;

  • Hard hitting Country Rock from new Melbourne outfit - Tex Country;

  • Queensland singer causing a stir with her songwriting - Heidi Holland;

  • Cool songs and Hot Cookin' with Country star- Stella Parton.

  • Finally, check out our digital Festival photo album (it has links too) and relive all the fun and excitement of Tamworth!

Belinda Miller

Don't forget to listen out for Cowboys in Cybersp@ce each month on the radio waves with Belinda Miller of Murri Country, 4AAA–FM (98.9 in Brisbane).

If you want to share the location of an interesting site you’ve seen or request a topic for discussion in future columns, why not E-mail me. Until next month, happy surfing.

 

link to free music

Click Here for a FREE download of my TIARA 2001 Awards Finalist track -
She Loves My Banjo.
(Also available to Australian Country Radio and Media on NfS 58).

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