HACKERS ALERT - Protecting your address book

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  1. jonnyquest

    jonnyquest Regular Member

    Nov 24, 2008
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    Island Time
    Friend of mine sent me this today ... kind of makes sense

    Protecting your address book,I got this from a Friend
    (and a very smart one). Read it and do it. It can do nothing
    but help you. I did it right away, so should you.

    How to protect your e-mail address book

    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 [email protected]

    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 [email protected],
    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, u 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
    [email protected] 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.

    DO IT NOW and pass this on to all your friends.

    The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
  2. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Senior Member

    Apr 2, 2008
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    Chair moistener.