Many thanks for your Christmas message. I appreciated your good wishes and
the virus warning. I got myself a new virus protection (Norton) about a
month ago but I shall still take great care with anything I receive for the
next few weeks. I am also going to "unsubscribe" from the Devon and
Cornwall Lists as a further precaution.
I wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and send best wishes for
good heath, good fortune and good hunting in 2000.
From: Peter Lakeman <surreal(a)netspace.net.au>
To: LAKEMAN-L(a)rootsweb.com <LAKEMAN-L(a)rootsweb.com>
Date: 21 December 1999 12:56
Subject: [LAKEMAN-L] Season's Greetings
To all subscribers on the LAKEMAN list,
This post serves two purposes.
Firstly, to wish you all a very merry Christmas with your families and
loved ones. And for those without company or in despair, I hope that some
glimmer of friendship or hope is offered and appreciated. I also hope that
the year 2000 brings health and happiness to you and that your genealogical
interests remain alive and rewarded.
In return, I would like to thank you for your subscription to the LAKEMAN
mailing list, your interest in posting questions, your help in providing
answers and your very good behaviour on the list.
Secondly, although it is stretching the FAQ rules, can I remind you to be
very vigilant in protecting yourselves against computer viruses especially
over the New Year period. I have heard, and believe that it is possibly
true, that many viruses have been written and waiting until the New Year to
be launched, so that the writers may have the infamy of being the last
great virus of 1999, the first of 2000 or the one that brought the internet
to its knees at the start of the millennium. I may be over-reacting here,
but I advise everybody to be very cautious from Christmas until
mid-January, especially those whose computer knowledge is minimal (I have
had nearly 30 years experience with computers). I have two basic words of
advice to offer.
1. Be very careful about opening any email attachments. This mailing list
is secure because of Rootsweb's policy of not passing on attachments, but
still be careful as a current virus is sometimes purporting to be from a
mailing list (especially if a subscriber to this list is already infected).
So if you receive an email with an attachment that you did not expect,
before you open the attachment, write to the sender and confirm that their
previous email included an attachment. It will be a bit of a hassle, but
hopefully after three weeks or so, you can resume normal transmission. This
should give you 99% protection.
2. Buy a good anti-virus program before the New Year. Personally I use
Norton Anti-virus, because I am used to Norton products, but there are
others of a similar standard. For example, my local computer shop (in rural
Australia) is selling McAfee Scan for $69.95 with a $60 rebate making it
only $9.95. So if somebody is still asking you what you want for Christmas,
tell them a good anti-virus program, and make sure it is one that allows
you to download the latest virus protection from the internet, and make
sure you do it every couple of weeks (do it every couple of days over the
Sorry for the lecture attached to the seasons greetings, but better safe
Anyway, best wishes for Christmas and the New Year. Looking forward to more
connections for everyone in the New Year.
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