HOW TO PROTECT YOUR ADDRESS BOOK
I learned a computer trick today that's really ingenious in it's
simplicity. Just received it from a friend. As you may know, when/if a
worm virus gets into your computer it heads straight for your e-mail
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 e-mail addresses. In the window where you would type your
friend's first name, type in AAAAAAA. Also use address
AAAAAAA@a.aaa Now. Here's what you've
done and why it works: The name AAAAAA 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.
But, when it tries to send itself to AAAAAAA, It will be undeliverable
because of the phony e-mail address you entered. If the first attempt
fails (which it will because of the phony address), the worm goes no
further and your friends will not be infected. Here's the second great
advantage of this method: If an e-mail cannot be delivered, you will be
notified of this in your In Box almost immediately.
Hence, if you ever get an e-mail telling you that an e-mail addressed to
AAAAAAA 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
If everybody you know does this then you need not ever worry about opening
mail from friends. Pass this on to all you friends.