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This story appears in the July 1999 issue of HomeOfficeMag.com.

The "Melissa" virus put computer viruses on the frontpages of the world's newspapers, and although it was allegedlynamed after a topless dancer, the speed at which Melissaspread means it's time to start taking viruses more seriously.For years, I laughed off viruses--didn't even use antivirussoftware--but nowadays that casualness works about as well withcomputers as it does with sex. Protection matters.

But, first off, know that the majority of "viruses"you hear about--in frantic e-mails forwarded from colleagues orpals--are rubbish. Such as? Literally millions of e-mails haveclogged the Net with warnings about "the AIDS virus,"which supposedly "eats away" your memory. "Whenit's finished with memory, it infects your mouse . . . then itgoes to your keyboard."

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