[24hoursupport] Fw: Fw: How to protect your address book

  • From: "Jerry" <postcards1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 09:19:51 -0400

I rec'd this email from another list.  Have any of you seen this and do you 
recommend doing this.

Jerry A.

> >
> > I learned a computer trick today that's really ingenious
> > in it 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 AAAAAAA.
> > In the window below where it prompts you to enter the new
> > email address, type in WormAlert@xxxxxxxxxxxxx . Then
> > complete everything by clicking add, enter, ok, etc.
> >
> > Now, here's what you've done and why it works: The "name"
> > AAAAAAA 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 email
> > address you entered (WormAlert@xxxxxxxxxxxxx). 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 InBox almost
> > immediately. Hence, if you ever get an email telling you that an email
> > addressed to WormAlert@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 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 needn't ever worry about
> > opening mail from friends.

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