HOW TO PROTECT YOUR ADDRESS BOOK!
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 '
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.
But, when it tries to send itself to, 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 your friends will not 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 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.
Pass this on to all your friends!!!
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- Guest 10 years ago
Your assumptions are baseless if not completely wrong:
"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": You can't possibly know how such malware has been programmed. It's more than likely that such a virus would NOT stop when failures occur, but simply keep going.
"If an email cannot be delivered, you will be notified of this in your In Box almost immediately": Again, you can't know this. Such malware does NOT use YOUR email program (that's quite difficult to program), nor do they use your email address as the FROM address. They use their own built-in email engines and bogus FROM addresses, so you won't get any feedback on any failures.
This "computer trick" is a complete waste of anyone's time.
If you want to protect yourself from viruses and worms: - install good antivirus software, keep it up to date, set it to do a full scan weekly - set up a software firewall - get 2 or more antispyware programs (because no single one removes 100% of spyware), keep them up to date, scan periodically - back up all of your data frequently (I recommend daily)