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July 31, 2001

E-Zine #61


SIM's INSIDER REPORT is a free weekly newsletter dedicated to helping readers succeed online while saving both time and money with cutting-edge tools, tips and strategies for internet marketing, online advertising and website promotion.
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There's a VIRUS out there that's spreading pretty quickly, and it's creating a lot of problems.

It's called SirCam, and it has some unusual aspects. Among them, it sends email not only to the addresses in your Outlook addressbook, but also to any addresses on web pages that are in your Netscape or Explorer caches.

In addition, it sends an apparently random file from the HDs of infected computers along with it. ANY file on your machine could be copied and sent to hundreds of other users. In some cases that could be simply embarrassing. In others, depending on the contents of the file, it could be quite costly.

The subject line will be the name of the file it sends out from your system. The files I've gotten have ranged from 200k to slightly over 300k. Reports of files attached at sizes of several megs have occurred.

It is reported to carry its own SMTP agent along with it, which is yet another interesting twist.

Some of the main anti-virus software won't catch it, even in their latest versions. Kaspersky is said to clean it out thoroughly. You can get a demo copy which will do the job at: http://www.kaspersky.com/

I recommend you go to the following link, from which you can download a "removal tool." Read the instructions carefully as they vary for different operating systems...
http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.sircam.worm@mm.html

From Symantec's description:
This worm arrives as an email message with the following content...

Subject: The subject of the email will be random, and will be the same as the file name of the attachment in the email. Message: The message body will be semi-random, but will always contain one of the following two lines (either English or Spanish) as the first and last sentences of the message.

Spanish Version:
First line: Hola como estas ?
Last line: Nos vemos pronto, gracias.

English Version:
First line: Hi! How are you?
Last line: See you later. Thanks

Between these two sentences, some of the following text may appear...

Spanish Version:
Te mando este archivo para que me des tu punto de vista
Espero me puedas ayudar con el archivo que te mando
Espero te guste este archivo que te mando
Este es el archivo con la informaci=n que me pediste

English Version:
I send you this file in order to have your advice
I hope you can help me with this file that I send
I hope you like the file that I sendo you
This is the file with the information that you ask for
You can filter on those lines in the body copy until you get an updated version of your anti-virus program. Or get a copy of Kaspersky.

Here's an article from C|Net about the potential damage:
http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-6647394.html?tag=owv

This one is fairly serious in terms of both bandwidth and mailserver damage. The best way to avoid getting infected is NEVER open attachments from strangers, and only open them from friends if you know they're coming before they get there!

Spread the word, folks. Practice "safe hex."
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Your comments are always welcome.

Dan Porteous
danp@mail.nt.net
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IN THIS ISSUE
==> Tip of the Week
==> Tips, Tools & Resources
==> Affiliate Spotlight
==> SIM's Weekly Reports
==> Feedback & Contributions
==> Advertising Section
==> Food for Thought
==> Administrivia


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Top 4 Ways To Promote Your Site - Free!

It won't matter if you have a killer product or a killer sales page if you don't bring visitors to your site.

The competition for Internet traffic is stiff. You can always invest your money on advertising in ezines or pay per click search engines to shift the odds in your favor. These methods are fairly cheap and very effective. But that can often get pricey as well.

What is an Internet entrepreneur with a low ad budget to do? Not to worry here are 4 very effective and completely free ways to bring in lots of traffic.
  1. Free ezine ads. There are a number of ezines that give away free ads to new subscribers of their ezines. Since these ezines have been requested by their subscribers this is a great place to start.

    You can find a large list of ezines that offer free ads for subscribing at: "EzyAds" Over 45 ezines that offer free ads. http://www.freezineweb.com/ezyads.html

  2. Article distribution. Writing articles for distribution in other ezines is an outstanding free method for sending traffic to your site. This form of free publicity gives you the opportunity to present your self as an expert and will allow you free advertising in your resource box.

    Ezine editors are constantly looking for great content for their ezines so getting published will be easy for a great article. Here are a few article distribution lists that will get your articles seen for sure:


  3. Participate in marketing discussion boards. Marketing discussion boards are the number one spots for building relationships and making new contacts. Participate in these by joining the discussion, giving advice, and asking for advice. Never advertise. If you participate appropriately and use your sig file with each post - the traffic will come.

    There are a number of these types of message boards out there. If you want you can spend hours looking for them or you can take advantage of this incredible list located here: http://www.marketers-edge.com

  4. Press releases. Getting your web site featured in an article is a great way to drive tons of traffic to your site. It is much more effective than advertising since the article will add professionalism and credibility to your site.

    You can pay a few hundred dollars to have this done for you or you can use the 1800 free press release contacts provided by The Idea Site For Business. This list is always kept current and is of course completely free!

About the author:
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SIM's "Tip of the Week" back issues available at... http://www.startupinternetmarketing.com/ezines/archive2.html and http://www.startupinternetmarketing.com/ezines
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TIPS TOOLS & RESOURCES
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The E-zine Promotion Toolbox - (593K)
Here's a tool you won't want to miss if you've got your own ezine or are thinking about publishing one in the near future. It's a new ebook by Dirk Dupon from Smart-Web-Promotions, titled "The E-zine Promotion Toolbox."

This E-book makes it easy to submit your E-zine to the biggest E-zine directories, and it's FREE! Inside you'll also find links to a few useful free ebooks, and a list of 65 E-zines to submit your classified ad to free.

If you would like to give this tool away to your E-zine subscribers, or web site visitors, please feel free to do so. I'm sure they will like it.

You can download the "Ezine Promotion Toolbox" from here: http://www.startupinternetmarketing.com/toolbox.exe
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Stop Pop-Ups & Watermarks
Here's a simple tip on how to stop those annoying pop-ups or watermarks from coming out of your webpage if you are using free page servers like geocities, tripod, escalix, etc...

Just type in <noscript> after </html> on your page html source! It works. This stops pop-ups from geocities, tripod, or anywhere else!
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Rick Beneteau is a fellow-Canadian that is best known for his earlier work, "The Ezine Marketing Machine" which has been dubbed the "bible" of ezine marketing. It's been a best-seller for years and indeed sits in most serious online marketer's toolboxes in an area marked "favorites."

Also renowned for his recent release "Branding You And Braking The Bank" and his prestigious ezine, "The Mirror" - HINT: If you're not already subscribed to this ezine, you should be!

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SIM's WEEKLY REPORTS
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The Big Bang Publicity Campaign
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Who's Not Making Money on the Internet? http://www.startupinternetmarketing.com/tips/tipmarketing.html
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Does Your Domain Name Say What You Think It Does?
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FREE Course on Search Engine Placement
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Preventing Computer Spying With Zone Alarm

If you have been wondering how to protect yourself against spies on your computer, here's help. Zone Alarm can protect you against spyware and other programs that 'phone home' and report your personal information and browsing habits. This is the method I use to protect my privacy using Zone Alarm.

Go to http://www.zonelabs.com and download the PC firewall, Zone Alarm. Install Zone Alarm. Pre-configure your Zone Alarm using the slider settings as appropriate. They are pretty self explanatory. If you are uncertain, I have provided the settings I use for your convenience. You may, of course, choose to use other settings.

In the CONFIGURE tab, click on top during internet activity and load Zone Alarm at start up.

In the SECURITY tab put sliders at medium for Local and high for Internet. Make sure you click on mail safe e-mail protection at the bottom.

In the LOCK tab, enable automatic lock. Click engage internet lock when screen saver activates. Choose high security for the lock mode.

I don't have anything marked on the ALERTS tab. Now let's configure your Zone Alarm to protect you against spying programs.

Go to the Programs Tab in Zone Alarm and look for the programs that have either a ? or a checkmark. Hover over the name to see what program it is then decide if YOU want that program to access the internet.

Go to the Access Column to the right and right click. From the menu choose 'Disallow' in the top section to activate disallow in both sections (internet and intranet) or just the bottom one for internet only. The most common use of the disallow internet only would be if you are on a LAN (local area network).

Not sure? Disallow it and see if it affects anything you need. You can always change the access. You can disable spyware internet activities this way **but not remove it**.

DON'T hit remove on the Zone Alarm menu, it just removes it from Zone alarm! This will allow that particular program to function without interference from Zone Alarm, thusly defeating the purpose of Zone Alarm.

Any changes you make will be described on the status bar at the bottom of the Zone Alarm screen until you make another change so you can verify that the change 'took'.

When you have the settings the way you would like them, just click the 'X' in the upper right hand corner and then click 'okay' on the next menu.

Zone Alarm will now function automatically to protect you and your system. If it encounters an unknown program or request, it will present you with a box. If you do not want to be asked for permission for that particular source again, just click on the box that says 'Remember this setting' when choosing whether to allow or disallow that request (make the allow/disallow choice first!). Warning: you must be relatively quick in doing this since Zone Alarm, and the server, will time out if a response is not forthcoming. Don't dawdle!

Enjoy your new found freedom and security.

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Sandra Bowman is an author, editor, business owner, and publisher at http://www.etidepublishing.com Business oriented ebooks and articles (revision in process)
http://www.e-z-way.com (as of Thursday) devoted to new computer users and new entrepreneurs.
If you need copy writing mailto:editor@etidepublishing.com for more information.
For your free subscription to eTide Echo Ezine: mailto:subscribe@etidepublishing.com
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If you have a promotion tip to share (or an affiliate program that would be of interest to the rest of us) or if you have a web design tip, or a specific question, please feel free to post all tips, questions, or answers to posted questions here and I will add your email or URL with it. It's FREE promotion!

Send your tips, questions or answers to:
mailto:editor@startupinternetmarketing.com?subject=Q_&_A
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