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By galehickey2 ·
I was told that a particular setup we
use at work takes e-mail intended for, say
myself,downloads in win\temp folder and
then presents it to you. This could cause problems if a person did not know that and
did not delete his temp folder. In whatform would this intended e-mail take place?

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by Stillatit In reply to e-mail

It depends on what your setup is. If, for example, you are looking at mail on Hotmail, Yahoo, etc., your web pages are saved in your internet temp files (wherever your browser is set to put them), and downloaded attachments are usually saved to \windows\temp with random names, then copied to wherever you say to save the file. You can use the program tweakui, available at many download sites, to set paranoia settings to automatically clear most or all of these items when you log off.

A more important point is that if you are downloading mail at work that would get you in trouble, or if you really think that someone at work would take the considerable time to examine your computer to find this out, you should think about whether you are in the right job.

Good luck.

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by galehickey2 In reply to e-mail

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by galehickey2 In reply to e-mail

This was advisory sent out because we are in
the real world


Regular Win95/98 Housekeeping Tasks
If your PC runs Windows 95 or Windows 98, it is recommended that you routinely undertake the "Regular Housekeeping Tasks" detailed in this document. Performing the following tasks on your PC once a month will go a long way towards maintaining the general ?good health? of your PC. A summary of these regular housekeeping tasks follows :

If you have a C:\TEMP directory, delete all the files in it.
Because of this policy, as a general rule, never save in this directory any files that you want to keep, save them instead in a personal directory, say C:\MARY for instance.

l Delete all files in your C:\WINDOWS\TEMP directory, but do not delete any subdirectories. Again, as a general rule, never save any files in this directory.
Note : Clearing the C:\WINDOWS\TEMP directory is probably one of the most important housekeeping tasks you should undertake, particularly if you are on a network and receiving confidential e-mail attachments. In short, files in the C:\TEMP and specifically the C:\WINDOWS\TEMP directory can hold confidential data which you thought was held securely on your network. Why ? Because a significant number of e-mail programs use the C:\WINDOWS\TEMP directory to unzip, unpack attachments before presenting them to you on the screen and then, crassly, never delete them from the hard disk after you have closed them. There is no excuse for this : Microsoft, Novell, and many others should have designed their software better, it is a massive security hole. Result : anyone browsing your C:\WINDOWS\TEMP directory would find in there copies of any attachment you viewed or printed directly from within an e-mail, hence the need to clear that directory as often as possible.
ALL I WAS WANTING TO KNOW IS HOW TO RECOGNIZE THESE FILES

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by PENGUINSRULE In reply to e-mail

The files could be in any form, so I'll stand by what poster #1 stated, that you should clear out the c:\temp and the c:\windows\temp

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by galehickey2 In reply to e-mail

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