How nice, your mother sent you an E-card

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Think about this…if you receive an email that is designed to infect your computer with a virus, the worst thing you can do is to follow the instructions in the email. Sometimes that is easier said than done, because the creators of these virus emails can be very clever.

One method that they use is to pretend that the email is from a friend who has sent you an “e-card” – an electronic greeting card. Of course it all sounds very innocent – just click on the link in the email to get your e-card. However, what you don’t realize is that clicking on that link is actually taking you to a malicious website, or downloading a virus or spyware to your computer.

Personally, I really don’t like the whole e-card thing anyway. I certainly never click on a link that is embedded in one of them. If you really want to see what it is, open your web browser and type in the address of the e-card website manually, then find the area on the site where you can “retrieve” your card. Then, enter the retrieval code manually. If the email was legitimate, you will get your card that way. If it was a malicious email, the worst that will happen is that the code won’t work.

This week’s video shows what is great about all those beauty pageants. Not only do they show off the physical appearance and individual talents of the contestants, they also demonstrate the ability to answer a question coherently. Or the inability, as demonstrated by Miss Teen South Carolina.

Update: Miss Teen South Carolina appeared on the Today show, and explained what happened. She was actually an Honors Student in high school.

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