Which is "safest" file format to receive documents in?
I have a friend that is asking his fellow club members to send them information relating to the club's purpose (woodworking). He asked me which format was the safest to receive the information. I told him .txt or plain text email.
He's been getting PDF, DOC, DOCX, and WPD. There were attached photos as well. He has an anti-virus program, Avast, which scanned the email when received. He has Win7 and it's set to reveal all file extensions.
I told him let Avast do its job, check the file types before opening and watch for any unusual problems with his PC.
Would it be any use to get alternative readers for these files? Being "dumber" they might not react to hidden threats.
EDIT: Re-added text about .txt, omitted during previous editing. -- Obama has spent an average of 138 minutes a week in economic meetings. New dog owners spent an average of 130 minutes a week walking their dogs.
Since he is getting stuff in all kinds of different formats..tell him before he opens any up to view them..to just upload a copy first to Jotti or one of the other on line free scanners that gets an opinion from 10 or more AVs.
I think that would be the best since it will be hard to just force everyone to respond in one particular format.
Tell him to use .txt. It's safe way to exchange documents. Other formats (e.g. .DOC, .PDF, etc) may include active components, that you don't want to run. -- Keep it simple, it'll become complex by itself...
Well for oldies like us yes. If you're one of the younger generation then all you know is texting even if the receipient is across the table from you. When I was a kid we had these things called telephones that had wind-up dialing. Also we only had 6-digit numbers. -- Don't feed trolls--it only makes them grow!
Well for oldies like us yes. If you're one of the younger generation then all you know is texting even if the receipient is across the table from you. When I was a kid we had these things called telephones that had wind-up dialing. Also we only had 6-digit numbers.
Well if you consider human history we live in a rather unique period where things have changed rapidly in our lifetimes. In the Middle Ages nothing changed much for 1,000 years. -- Don't feed trolls--it only makes them grow!
It is easy to install on any version of Windows and extremely easy to use as it adds an option to right click context menu when seeing something like an email attachment. Right click on the attachment, choose Send to Virus Total and the program does it all for you. Very fast and easy and so much better way to scan questionable files and email attachments for viruses. -- When governments fear people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. Thomas Jefferson
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Good luck at requesting or even expecting the people you email with to follow a certain protocol to send you email. Just let your security software do it's job and let it ride. If he has Avast on there and it's the latest version without any issues, there will be no issues. Anything else is out of his/her control.
Don't you know it is SCAM to let your AV scan your email? Further, most ISPs provide email scanning both incoming and outgoing so why would you do it twice?
You only need to scan an individual email if it has an attachment. You should turn off automatic email scanning in your AV and simply manually scan attachments if you feel the need for a second opinion. My ISP uses Symantec corporate version. Not much gets by it. (It's superior to Norton). I also have a dslr email account which used to have AV scanning. I get a lot of garbage in that account (none in my ISP accounts) so I just delete all of it unopened.
The problem with throwing up your hands and claiming that expecting others to use proper internet protocol regarding email is that your attitude leads to utter chaos, massive invasion of your privacy, and rewards the assholes who can't be bothered to learn how to be polite when communicating via email. -- When governments fear people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. Thomas Jefferson
Huh? Of course, my AV (Avira) can detect malware in PDF by right click on demand scan of the PDF file in question! Further, I refuse to use an AV that does not allow me to configure it properly (which is SCAN ALL FILES BOTH WITH ON DEMAND AND ON ACCESS ENGINES and to scan archives at a high depth even if that slows things). I won't use an AV that restricts scanning to certain file types only or makes any other restrictions (usually for the sake of being faster).
But it doesn't really matter. If I was a sloppy user who couldn't be bothered to first download the PDF and then do a manual scan of it using Luke Filewalker (Avira on demand scanner), Guard (Avira real time scanner) would still catch it as it tried to execute. Actually, ProcessGuard would catch it first in that scenario.
If Avira does not have a signature or its heuristics can't detect it either then ProcessGuard will stop it.
Microsoft states that antivirus scanning should be turned OFF for Outlook Express. That is the email client I use. I have NEVER had AV turned on for email. But I have an enlightened ISP that scans all incoming and outgoing mail at the main email gateways long before it gets to my email box on OE. But before my ISP started scanning all email, I did not allow my AV (I've had a variety of them) to scan my emails. I practice safe hex as everyone should. I download ALL email attachments to disk before opening. Once downloaded, I scan them with my AV. If I am still suspicious, then I right click on the downloaded attachment and choose "Send" from the context menu and then click on "VirusTotal" and with the VirusTotal free program I have that is all it takes to send the file to VT for scanning by a huge number of AV. -- When governments fear people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. Thomas Jefferson
If I had to deal with all that every time I click or wanted to view a page or a pdf..might as well pack it all in and pull the plug..so I take out my trusty google chrome and let it do the deed and never worry about infecting that fragile Microsoft OS from the likes of Bertha Kuhn .