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Saving an Attachment

You often receive messages that have files or other items attached to them, such as graphical images. In the Inbox list of messages, an attachment is represented by a paper clip icon beside the message. Save any attachments sent to you so that you can open, modify, print, or otherwise use the attached document or image. Messages can contain multiple attachments.

Caution

What About Viruses? Unfortunately, there is a chance that an attachment to a message can be a virus or other malicious software. Computer viruses can really wreak havoc on your computer system. When you receive an e-mail message from someone you don't know and that message has an attachment, the best thing to do is delete the message without opening it or the attachment. Because viruses can read your address book and send themselves to the people it contains, even e-mail from known parties bears at least some scrutiny. If you save an attachment to your computer, you might want to check the file with an antivirus program before you actually open the file. Be especially cautious if the file that you receive as an attachment has an .exe or .vba extension. These extensions, which virus creators commonly use to get you to unleash a virus on your own computer, mark that the attachment is an actual program.



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