VA-birders -- This note is a word of caution to all of you regarding attachments. We all know that there are sleeze-ball hackers out there who are constantly trying to find new ways to cause problems for the rest of us. I know of two instances this week where birders' screen names have been used in an attempt to send attachments to other birders. Fortunately, our listserve systems do a pretty good job of intercepting most attempts that come directly to the listserve. We have also kept the "acceptable" file sizes to a minimum to reduce the chance of a virus coming through the system. However, this also prevents us from sending photo attachments to the network. (If you want to post photos, please set them up on a website and then tell us where to go see them.) One thing that we cannot do is prevent someone from getting your e-mail address from your posting, and then sending a note directly to you. A virus or worm could be included as an attachment in those notes. So, our word of caution is to be extremely careful when it comes to opening attachments from anyone. Unauthorized use of screen names appears to be on the rise. My personal approach at this time is to keep my various listserve accounts on "Vacation" or "Nomail" and to go to Jack Siler's "birdingonthe.net" website to check for bird updates on the listserves. Another option is to check the VA-bird archives at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/va-bird/ This approach also reduces the volume of e-mail notes that I receive each day. Even with my account on "vacation", I can still post notes on the network whenever I want. This final recommendation came from one of our VA-birder subscribers: "DON'T DOWNLOAD EVEN IF YOU KNOW THE SENDER, at least where bird list servs are involved." As a precaution, you may want to verify with the sender that they sent you an attachment before you open it. Best wishes and great birding to all, Larry Larry Lynch, Co-Owner VA-bird listserve birder6@xxxxxxxx P.S. Comments are welcome to me "off-line" at birder6@xxxxxxxx You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.