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How to protect your e-mail address book? Does it work? I don't know but....

By sleepin'dawg ·
I've never had anything get past my AV and firewall. It seems kind of dumb and overly simplistic but it is benign and definitely cheap. I 'm not sure I'd want to put my complete trust in it, but what the ****; what harm can it do? This was emailed to me yesterday and it seems so simple I was kind of embarassed to show it to anyone else.

A computer repairman says this is like having gold. This is a good
thing. I learned a computer trick today that's really ingenious in
its simplicity.

As you may know, when/if a worm virus gets into your computer it heads
straight for your email address book, and sends itself to everyone in
there, thus infecting all your friends and associates.

This trick won't keep the virus from getting into your computer, but
it will stop it from using your address book to spread further, and it
will alert you to the fact that the worm has gotten into your system.

Here's what you do:

First, open your address book and click on 'new contact,' just as you
would do if you were adding a new friend to your list of email
addresses. In the window where you would type your friend's first
name, type in ' A'.

For the screen name or email address, type AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA

Now, here's what you've done and why it works:

The 'name 'A' will be placed at the top of your address book as entry #1..

This will be where the worm will start in an effort to send itself to
all your friends.

When it tries to send itself to AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA, it will be
undeliverable because of the phony email address you entered. If the
first attempt fails (which it will because of the phony address), the
worm goes no further and none of your friends will be infected.

Here's the second great advantage of this method: If an email cannot
be delivered, you will be notified of
this in your In Box almost immediately. Hence, if you ever get an
email telling you that an email addressed to AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA could not
be delivered, you know right away that you have the worm virus in your
system. You can then take steps to get rid of it!

Pretty slick huh?

If everybody you know does this then you need not ever worry about
opening mail from friends.

Dawg ]:)

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