In this time of countless destructive programs that are transmitted
to you via E-Mail, the BBS community of System Operators offer a
secure "shield" from these intrusions. Many BBSes offer a "text only"
form of internet E-Mail through a special system of "gates". These
gates effectively trap file attachments and active "scripts" that can
attack your computer. You are completely isolated from the
destructive attempts. The trade-off? You generally cannot receive
attachments of pictures, files, or Web Page type mails; only text.
Many folks find this alternative quite acceptable.
The benefits? Many BBSes have sophisticated "spam traps" in place
that dump the all-too-common garbage mail that swamps many people.
You don't need a fast computer or high-speed internet connection in
most cases. Many BBSes still maintain "dial-up" lines as well as
"telnet" connections via the internet. The speed requirement is very
low. With dial-up BBSes you don't even need a connection to the
internet at all - no Internet Service Provider required. It's a
completely different environment than the Web.