Computing Tips: Don’t send holiday greeting e-cards that are over 100kb

Recently a friend sent AmCham a greeting card in the form of a 1.7 MB attachment.

Even with a (relatively) fast Ethernet connection, it took about five minutes for this greeting card to download.

Suppose 20 friends sent such greeting cards—it would take 100 minutes, more than an hour and a half to download.

Please don’t clutter up your friends’ email boxes with large attachments on your greeting cards. It would be good to keep such attachments to 100kb or less.

You can also send them holidaty greeting e-cards from a professional on-line greeting card company, such as …

Holiday Greeting e-Cards from Hallmark.com. Hallmark is the world’s leader with its greeting cards, gifts and gift wrappings, ornaments and flowers, and other personal expression products, translated into more than 30 languages.

www.jacquielawson.com is another great on-line greeting card company. Jacquie’s virtual greeting card collection now includes a wide range of online birthday cards, Christmas cards, other holiday cards, thank you cards, and so on. A one-year subscription (US$ 10) allows you to send as many greetings as you like.

E-Card Fraud Alert

Of course, you and your friends will have to be careful of e-card fraud.

Here are some basic E-mail Safety Tips, maybe you should include these when you send your holiday greeting e-card to friends.

  • Do not open e-mails from unknown senders.
  • Don’t open an e-mail you know to be spam. A code embedded in spam advertises that you opened the e-mail and confirms your address is valid, which in turn can generate more spam.
  • If you receive an attachment that you are not expecting, don’t open it, even if it’s from someone you know. First read the e-mail, and make sure the attachment is most likely legitimate. If you’re still not sure, call or e-mail the sender to confirm, but do not reply to the original e-mail.
  • Some fraudulent e-mails that appear to be from financial companies (PayPal, banks, credit card companies, etc.) direct the reader to click on a link to verify or confirm account details. Never click these links. Instead, call the company if you are concerned about your account. If you are overseas, then only use your regular on-line account access procedures.
  • Report fraudulent e-mails. If you receive a fraudulent email claiming to be from your bank, credit card company, etc., report that to your bank, credit card company, etc. so their security people can investigate and maybe shut down the fraudster.

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