SBP -- Adrian Weckler, a man known for clear points of view, looks out at MyDoom the virus¹ and tells readers, "If you're unsure of (attachments') origin or purpose, just don't open attachments, okay?" What I want to know is why Adrian simply doesn't advise readers not to send attachments? And why doesn't he tell PR agencies he doesn't open any attachments? And why doesn't he tell his e-mail server to simply keep all attachments upstream of his mailbox--on the server?
As Eamon Dalton, the acclaimed ICT lecturer at Tipperary Institute calmly demonstrates, there's really no need to download e-mail through a desktop client anymore. He uses the premium service at Yahoo Mail for $35 annually. He has no virus problem. I handle only one e-mail account through POP and that one lands on my Sony Clie PEG UX-50 without attachments. I have awarded zero marks to at least 10 of my 59 students when they sent me e-mail bearing attachments or HTML mail. I believe all of these tactics are elements of best practise. At least my mail account is better because of it.
¹Adrian Weckler -- "Prepare to meet MyDoom" in Sunday Business Post Technology, 1 Feb 04