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cmoehle

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Posted: 11/18/02 12:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

An initial, simple summary of survey results to Nov 19, 2002 2:53 PM. I'll redo if more take survey.

Not enough responses to be statistically significant, or to mine for correlations. Sharing information was the point.

But we do appreciate the responses. The variety is interesting. The ideas all good.

Some of this summary is interpretive (some couldn't be interpreted) and not necessarily accurate.

Feel free to add comments and abservations.

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1 Do you get emails you suspect have virus attachments?

Yes ....|....|....|....|....|....|... (33)
No .... (4)
Yes/No .. (2)

(I took anything like "I delete them" as a yes. The two Yes/No were used to but not now.)

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2 If you receive such emails, does the sender look like a member of Open Roads? Or from other sources?

Yes ....|... (8)
Both ....|....|....|.. (17)
Other ....| (5)
No ... (3)
Unsure ... (3)
N/A .... (4)

(N/A = not applicable. Some possibly spoofed from admin and RV.Net!)

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3 If you receive such emails, can you tell what type of file it is and provide its extension (.gif, jpg, .zip, .vbs, etc)?".

ZIP ....| (5)
EXE .. (2)
vbs . (1)
Media . (1)
Klez . (1)
Yes ... (3)
Varies ....|.. (7)
No ....|....|... (13)
Unsure ....| (5)
N/A ... (3)

(Many of the no's and unsure's were those who do not try to find out but just delete, wisely so.)

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4 Is your email address public in your Profile or hidden on Open Roads?

Public ....|....|....|.... (19)
Hidden ....|....|.. (12)
P/H ....|....| (10)

(Some public are special email addys. One hidden posted email addy in reply and got hit first time. P/H is public then

hidden--a trend?)

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5 Is your email address in your signature?

Yes ... (3)
No ....|....|....|....|....|....|....|... (38)

(A couple no's have link to home page that has email addy. Didn't see any yes's that hide in profile.)

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6 What is your operating system and version?

Windows XP ....|....|. (11)
Windows ME ....|.. (7)
Windows 2000 ....|.. (7)
Windows NT . (1)
Windows 98 ....|....|....|. (16)
Win & Mac ... (3)

(Generalized on detailed version. Some use two so counted twice.)

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7 What antivirus or firewall program do you use ?

Norton ....|....|....|....|....|... (33)
McAfee ....|. (6)
AVG .... (4)
Panda . (1)
CommandCom . (1)
Some AV . (1)
PC CHILLIN . (1)

ZoneAlarm FireWall ....|.... (9)
McAffee .. (2)
IPTables . (1)
Bug Net . (1)
A Firewall .. (2)
Hardware ... (3)


(Generalized on detailed version. Some use two so counted twice. All respondents use something, though not all specified. To

be expected.)

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8 What email program do you use?

MS Office Outlook .... (4)
MS Outlook Express ....|....|....|....| (20)
NetScape ....| (5)
Lotus Notes . (1)
IncrediMail ... (3)
Eudora . (1)
PocoMail . (1)
Yahoo ... (3)
Hotmail .. (2)
AOL ... (2)
MS Messenger . (1)
DNET . (1)

(Generalized on detailed version. Some use two so counted twice.)


Well, there you have it, for what it's worth.

I will leave looking for correlations to others, unless I find something.

I, and I'm sure others, will look closer at comments.

(On edit, if someone could tell me how to format with fixed font I'd be delighted!)

*This Message was edited on 18-Nov-02 12:24 PM by cmoehle*


*This Message was edited on 19-Nov-02 05:58 PM by cmoehle*


KeninAZ

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Posted: 11/18/02 02:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All I know is that my email does not show here any longer and has not for several days. And my viruses I used to get daily are now non exsistant.

wittmeba

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Posted: 11/18/02 09:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good job, Chris. I realize there isnt necessarily a conclusion, but the awareness has to be worth the effort.

I hope many will take the time to read some of the links you posted that describe how the KLEZ.g
actually works. I think they will quit blaming themselves and their friends for the infected emails.

Still have to protect yourself with the AV programs.

cmoehle

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Posted: 11/18/02 09:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did you find support for your theories? Not a lot of data but there should be some generalizations to be made.

I've got a new theory. Been tossing it around to see if it'll stick together. Need to write it up and send it to you to see what you think. Maybe tomorrow.

DutchStar3670

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Posted: 11/18/02 10:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the excellent work, Chris. I'm not sure what conclusions can be drawn. Surely wish more would have responded. Maybe some more will in time. A lot of the Snowbirds are on the road this time of year. Maybe they will respond.
Like to hear your theory though.
Thanks again,
Bob

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