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1) Bedno.com absolutely never sends unsolicited email, and never has. Membership signup is always confirmed, all contact info is real, and the remove link in every message works immediately.
2) Bedno.com is a volunteer run non-profit enterprise not funded by any listed events, so the question of commercial content at moot.
3) Bedno.com servers are constantly kept virus free, and Bedno.com has NEVER suffered an infection.

That said, be aware that most modern viruses use "spoofing", sending themselves out to people in infected user's address books, presenting themselves as if they were from OTHER people in the same address book. This allows them to appear to be from known and trusted other people, and obfuscates determination of their actual origin. Due to a large membership list and many years of publication Bedno.com addresses appear in many user's address books and email history. Thus, Bedno.com may often appear as the spoofed sender by viruses. Bedno.com has no control over this, and no responsibility. For safety, follow the hints below.

Also, Bedno.com addresses have occasionally been used fraudulently by spammers, and sadly for example has appeared as the sender on thousands of emails sent in Russian and Brazil. Bedno.com has no control over this, and no responsibility. For safety, follow the hints below.

Bedno.com receives over 100 spams, and about ten viruses EVERY DAY! Bedno.com looks forward to legislation that will bring criminal penalties to spammers. Their days are numbered.

Other than spammers, a major problem today is careless web users becoming infected by viruses. Bedno.com strongly recommends the following precautions:
1) ALWAYS CONTINUOUSLY USE UPDATED ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE!
If you do not have anti-virus software installed, and kept current, and scanning all email, and regularly scanning your full system, you are doomed, and are a threat to everyone you know. You should immediately purchase and install either McAfee or Norton. See http://mcafee.com or http://symantec.com now!
2) ALWAYS USE UPDATED SPYWARE DETECTION SOFTWARE!
If you do not have spyware detection software installed, and kept current, and regularly scan and clean your system, you are almost certainly being monitored right now by unscrupulous advertisers. You should immediately purchase and install either AdAware or SpyBot. See http://lavasoft.com or http://safer-networking.org now!
3) NEVER OPEN ATTACHMENTS!!!
Not at all, ever. Unless you specifically requested one and expected it, from someone you know. Emails such as "Update your credit card info" or "Bill attached" or "Is this you?" or "Email failure (click here)" and many others are all frauds. Do not open them, or unzip them, and never use the remove or any other links they may provide.
4) MAKE SURE YOUR WINDOWS UPDATE IS CURRENT!!!
Standard Windows systems have many security weaknesses, and can be infected by viruses by simply visiting a maliciously formatted web-site. Windows users MUST regularly use the built-in "Windows Update" feature found on the start menu. Do it NOW, be patient, follow the instructions, trust what it does or you are doomed.

It is a sad state that everyone's personal computers have become a battleground for evil geeks and salacious merchants. Bedno.com is part of the solution, not the problem, and wishes that the perpetrators suffer slow and horrible deaths.

2004.05.04