I personally don’t worry about email viruses as I use Linux. And contrary to some opinion that the only reason why Linux systems aren’t effected is because they’re not used as much, the fact is that Linux systems are simply not prone to being infected except by social engineering types of viruses.
Because of the UNIX/LINUX system of having multiple users, a regular user simply cannot run a program that will infect the system files, unless he or she does it as the super user (root).
That’s not to say that there aren’t trojans available for Linux – but most of them are not really for Linux itself, but rather for programs that may run on top of Linux that have vulnerabilities. But even then, there are safeguards built in that MS products simply don’t have.
But don’t you dare believe it when people tell you that the only reason there aren’t more Linux viruses is because the market for Linux isn’t big enough to warrant writing them. That is simply not true and proves the person has a false understanding of how UNIX and LINUX work. Using LINUX can be a bit more difficult at first, but no more so than someone who switches from an automatic transmission to a standard transmission. Once you get the hang of it, it’s great!
An updated Linux system is hard to crack. And there have been some real advances in GUI’s lately, with KDE coming out with a great desktop recently! And it’s free!
Anyhow, the article at Wired News is worth reading if you’re into information about viruses and provides some interesting discussion material. One of their conclusions is that if folks just used text based email, many viruses would be inefective. Personally, I think this is a great idea – I dislike HTML email and prefer text based.
I don’t know how many HTML emails I receive where someone has tried to use some fancy font, and weird background colours to make it look ‘nice’ but at my end, it looks like garbage – not all monitors display colours the same way. And, in order to view the font that you used, I need to have it on my system as well. This isn’t likely if this is some new font you just downloaded because you think it looks nice.