Tech – for Everyone

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Ladies, please! The right way to send me pics

It seems that not everyone saw my earlier article on the proper way to send me those pictures of yourselves, so I will repeat myself for the sake of being perfectly clear. I will start with an example of what NOT to do.

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As this screenshot of my Inbox shows, when you send me your photograph using Facebook, or similar social networking or photosharing site, it looks to me like a phishing scam.. very similar to the phony Hallmark e-Card spams that try to install malware (virus, worm, spyware, etc.).

I very much appreciate the time and trouble you took to send me your photo, but I don’t touch these– except to delete! (So, if that was you Dear Reader, I’m sorry. You’ll have to try again.)

The proper way to send:
1) Write a short note as an e-mail from a legit-looking e-mail address (acd490y663A@badguys.ru is NOT legit-looking. Use your m.jones@real_ISP.com account), and put something rational in the Subject field.

2) Attach your .jpg*. Do NOT send me GIFF’s or PNG’s or PDF’s. I won’t open them.

That’s it. Sending by this method will ensure that I will see you. Tech Paul fans and loyal readers of Tech–for Everyone will know that I will treat your mailings with the utmost respect and privacy.

* More on sending images: Because digital images like .jpg’s (aka JPEG file) can be quite large, you may have trouble e-mailing them. Please see How to send big files (updated). The section specific to digital images is about halfway down.
(Short version: use an image editor – like Paint (found in the Accessories folder) and find the option labeled “resize”; and, “Save As” a JPEG.)

[note: for those of you new to my style of humor, this is an article about cyber-crime. As an Extra Added Bonus, I threw in a troubleshooting tip. To date, no fan has sent me any photos. (please make sympathetic noise here.) ]

For more on cybercrime in your Inbox, see In These Tough Times, Could You Use Some Extra $$$’s ?

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July 12, 2009 - Posted by | advice, computers, e-mail, how to, Internet, spam and junk mail | , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. PNGs are fine, however, TIFFs are NOT FINE. They continually have exploitable things in them, that even Sony still is trying to fix on their PSP system.

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    Comment by Kloplop321 | July 12, 2009 | Reply

    • Kloplop321,
      Um… I am still going to avoid .png’s when offered the choice. But that’s just me.

      Thanks for adding the warning on TIFF’s.

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      Comment by techpaul | July 12, 2009 | Reply


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