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my work was polluting ...need help staying anonymous

My work was carelessly dumping metal dusts and pollutants behind one of our shops. I called environmental control and sent the president an email using the Tor network. one of the replies I received contains an attachment. I can only assume they would try to get my real ip, Any advise on opening the attachment while remaining anonymous? If you care: they cleaned everything up first thing this morning and I dont see them risking to do this again. Thank you in advance for any help.

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If You're Content The Problem Was Fixed....

Simply delete the email... You don't mention the file extension of the attachment you received, or who you received it from....but basically, if you're not COMPLETELY sure who, or where the attachment came from, our general recommendation is to make it go away.

Hope this helps.


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Looks like we answered the same question, same time, with pretty much the same answer. High-5 for teamwork! lol

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Don't open attachments from unknown senders

Sorry to hear about the pollution issue as I'm sure that's upsetting. Sad I wouldn't recommend opening any attachments in emails from unknown senders regardless of what they claim it is or tell you "it's safe". The only time you should open an attachment is if it's something you requested, or that came from a trusted source.

The file type and size are also clues for what the attachment is such as a ".jpg" file which is a picture, a ".txt" file which is a text file for reading, or an ".exe" file which is definitely something you should NEVER click on as it is an executable file and most likely a virus. The best way to handle attachments is to simply ignore all of them unless it's something you requested or came from someone you know. An email complaint letter you send might have attachments such as an image which is proof of the complaint being reported, however a reply from the people handling these reports should NEVER have an attachment, just text from the actual email itself stating that the report you sent was received and any actions they did or plan to do to handle the issue. There's no reason for an attachment to be given in that situation.

For remaining anonymous, I would recommend HotSpot Shield which is a VPN (virtual private network) and is much more secure than using TOR proxies.

Hopefully this info helps! Grin

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