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Mike Byers Help: Non-music computer virus question (15) RE: Help: Non-music computer virus question 10 Oct 01

I probably should mention that some ISPs (Internet Service Providers) do a better job than others when it comes to providing server-level protection against viruses and spam (unwanted e-mail). Since I changed to an ISP that is serious about this, I haven't had any spam at all. No Viagra ads, no get-rich-quick schemes; nothing at all like this. It will probably catch up with me in time, but right now it's a refreshing change from the tremedous amount of garbage I got every day via my former ISP. Lyris makes a nice server-level program called Mail Guard and while it isn't perfect, it helps. And while it's probably futile to wish for this, I do wish people wouldn't apply the term "hacker" to people who create viruses and worms and are generally out to cause trouble for others. The "hackers" I associate with are just people who like to fool around with computers and create interesting and useful programs. To me (and many other people) being a "hacker" means being a computer enthusiast who is interested in learning more about computers and programs and has nothing to do with the crooks and jerks who cause problems. I just had to say this; now I feel all better :)

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