Where does the responsible IT pro go to find concrete virus information on what's real and what's hype? The answer is Vmyths.com, where you’ll find a great site filled with unbiased, straightforward info “about computer virus myths, hoaxes, urban legends, hysteria, and the implications if you believe in them.” According to the editors, “Vmyths.com doesn't sell a product or service—we sell the truth about computer virus myths and hoaxes. We take no prisoners; we pull no punches.” And from what I could tell, they keep their word.
An easy-to-use, mostly ad-free layout
Vmyths.com refuses all antivirus advertisements, thus remaining impartial and free from Big Business’s purse strings. When you first arrive at the site, you are immediately offered a beginner’s tour. Aside from a few ad banners, the layout is fairly clean. Figure A shows a section of Vmyths.com's home page.
Recent news and articles are easy to find and access. The writing tends to be humorous and edgy, definitely revealing the writers’ slight disdain for the antivirus establishment. You won’t find Mr. Norton or Mr. McAfee here.
What you will find is a great way to search for information on any virus-related topic. With access to a six-year archive, one can search by keyword or alphabetically. After typing in Melissa, Vmyths.com quickly displayed seven articles to research. The data was informative and included a history of the Melissa outbreak.
Each article contains the usual links to keywords and related articles, plus you can e-mail whatever you find to a friend by simply clicking an icon and typing in an address.
Find out what's hot
In the Hot News section, I checked out the latest dish on the Sircam worm/virus. This article detailed the Code Red chain-letter hysteria created by this bug and even included links to both Symantec and McAfee’s sites so further info could be accessed.
In addition to offering a great no-BS resource for antivirus info, Vmyths.com publishes a weekly newsletter, as well as “virus hysteria alerts” and multimedia updates. Sign-up was easy and hassle free. Criticism, error reporting, clarifications, and questions can be sent to “Vea Culpa,” Vmyths.com’s pseudonymous columnist.
Avoid those hoaxes
So, if you and/or your end users need the lowdown on the latest virus scare in a timely, straightforward fashion, I recommend Vmyths.com. The site’s humor and general distrust is reason enough to visit the site.
Report a hoax
If you have a virus hoax you'd like to report, post a comment or send us a note.