Disaster brings out the best and worst in people

I think I’m getting my 15 minutes of fame 20 seconds at a time. I was interviewed again by Ken Lemon of WSOC-TV‘s Eyewitness News about the trojans going around in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Some websites which are posing as charities to help Katrina victims are preying on the good and generous nature of Americans–instead of taking you someplace where you can help hurricane victims, it instead puts a trojan (a malicious piece of software) on your machine to try and steal your passwords.

As always, be diligent. It’s okay to be paranoid if they really are out to get you! Never trust anything you read in an e-mail, even if it appears to be from someone you know. Always check things out for yourself before going to a new website, and fer-gosh-sakes run Windows Update often! Better still, configure it to automatically notify you when updates are available.

And if you really want to contribute to the relief efforts (good for you!), contact directly a charity you trust, or a charity directly recommended (not in a standalone e-mail) from someone you trust. Me, I recommend Oxfam America.

Be generous, but be safe, too!

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