Our CEO, Pat, just blogged about our anti-virus tool and I thought I might add just a bit more for conversation. For a long time we.ve kept up an anti-virus testing tool on our website. Because we.re all about email here at Webmail.us, the tool sends an email with a fake virus to an email address that you punch in (and no, we don.t spam you later).
A virus can be pretty tricky. There are a lot of ways that a virus can disguise itself, and our little tool will let someone test out pretty much every way an email virus might try to sneak through. We recently added scanning for double-zipped email viruses and viruses inside zip-files that have been .mangled. so that an anti-virus program might skip over the file and not scan. The current count is 27 tests and I can only see that number getting bigger as virus writers get more inventive.
Why do we give it away?
Obviously, we put the tool up because our email servers catch all these disguises! Who doesn.t want to look good? But we get enough hits on the free tool to know that most of the people who use it are testing out their own computer.s anti-virus program or someone else.s mail filters. Which is a Good Thing. When there are fewer successful viruses out there everybody wins. And our mail servers filter not just mail destined to our own users but mail going out from them as well.
What can you do about viruses?
Here are some of my general recommendations about preventing computer viruses:
Want to know more about stopping viruses? Check out our page of practical advice for business owners and regular computer users alike. And please go ahead: use the tool to see how your anti-virus programs are working.