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I stopped using e-cards ever since I found a cool company that has a site you can use to send physical greeting cards from the internet, and they print, stuff, stamp and mail them for me for as low as $0.62 for the card.
It's a shame, they should've thought better of it concerning security issues of the net.
My identity has been stolen 3 times so far this year and yet we are racing headlong toward 100% dependency on web browsing for all transactions. My state, NJ, requires every business to use the web to pay every fee and tax online through e-transfer from their bank account, refusing to consider the safety valve of manual payment. So these issues are beyond crucial, and there can never be enough coverage of them. I know that the full contents of my accounts will be transferred to a scammer overseas in the pretty near future but I'd like to forestall it for a year or two if possible.
Internet become a really danger.
Sure they do. Only the ones with malicious codes in it though.
I like your post. Tq.
I don't know what an electronic greeting card is so they can't be a security risk for me.
with all the screen saver, toolbar, and varies issues concerning the ecard industry find it hard not to think how invaluable this lil card giving can be, not to mention, sending unheard number of follow-up email offers thru it or thier networks co-signing. I say keep the rubbish give or charge for your product but geesh leave my in box alone. How can you put a FREE offer when it charges 39.95 once the download eats space on your pc.?
ecards just like videos and images sent about the world can all hide malware and other nasties. It's why videos and images which are sent between people were named virals to start with. Because so many contained viruses. Something that the newer people to computing should be reminded of.
The other thing about ecards, i only get them from people i DON'T know.
So, why would i look at them.
All ecards are blocked on my network.
The internet is becoming more and more of a minefield.
i'd prefer my friends send me a real card !
I never open them even if they are from people i know as they are so easy to duplicate.
Are we talking about the cards with the electronics inside that play a tune when you open them up? I think they're pretty harmless.
Seriously, though, the poll question is so broad as to make the outcome worthless. Actual legitimate e-cards are no more a security risk than, say, an email from an anti-virus company encouraging you to click on a link to answer a poll. They give a malevolent party an attack vector by exploiting a user's conditioning to clicking on links in emails.
So is this a risk? If users' security privileges are appropriately limited and systems are patched in a timely manner then the risk should theoretically be minimal. Those are a couple big "if"s, however.
The e-cards themselves aren't the problem, of course. It's the risk that you're being directed to a malware hosting site by a phony notification. I'm often asked to check e-card notices that friends and family have received to try to determine if the notification is genuine. I would estimate that 90% of the time, the e-mail notice is false. Some of them have been very well crafted; one was so close to the real article that I finally had to copy and paste the URL into Finjan's URL scanner to determine if it was real - it wasn't. I have to vote "Yes" on this - in the current climate, e-cards present too much of a security risk to the average user.
I voted yes more from the social engineering side. These encourage people to be comfortable with acting dangerously.
they are as secure as your security rules and regulations are...security is the systems responsibility...enforcing it is managements responsibility...your responsibility is to follow the prescribed rules / regulations...you get what you pay for...