will this work ?/protecting your add bk.
i got an email from a friend today with this idea.
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 "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. But, 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 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
AAAAAAA@AAA.AAAA 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.
Erm, unfortunately, I have to call bullshit.
I suspect strongly that most e-mail worms don't give a flying fuck if a single entry of the address book contains an invalid email address. Also, many of them don't use your email address in the "From: " field in the headers, so it's not a valid warning system, either.
Sorry. Be careful opening attachments, spend more time than should really be required at update.microsoft.com, and keep your virus scanner updated.
I agree 100% with jonsey. This "Slick trick" does not work.
good to know
or you could stop using Lookout, err I mean Outlook
rain? whats that!
If you have a recommendation for a non-microsoft product to replace this POS (O6 Express), then please do share!!!
Originally posted by CG or you could stop using Lookout, err I mean Outlook
(Eudora, etc. )
I go to the extreme - I keep all my addresses on paper .
I've always used Netscape Messenger 4 for email and IE for surfing. However it works slightly different from Outlook as it keeps all your accounts seperate (it asks you which account you want to open when you first start the program) which is a bit of a pain if you have many multiple accounts. Its not available for d/l at netscape.com anymore but if anyone wants a copy let me know and I'll put it online for d/l. Anyone try Netscape 6 for emailing purposes??
Originally posted by revelation If you have a recommendation for a non-microsoft product to replace this POS (O6 Express), then please do share!!!
(Eudora, etc. )