Spam or will it work.

  birdface 09:10 17 Jun 2009
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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
got 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.

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 phoney 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.AAA 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.

  EARLR 10:21 17 Jun 2009

Sounds like a good one.
Has anyone tried it?

  birdface 10:34 17 Jun 2009

I think it has been about for a while.Whether it works or not I do not know.
My niece sent me it and she is forever sending Spam E-mails.And I can only think this is another.
I have done a Google search for it I never found anyone that says it works or not.
No doubt the next answer will be to bin it.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 10:37 17 Jun 2009

click here I would suggest that you get a new reapir guy as yours should know better.

G

  GANDALF <|:-)> 10:39 17 Jun 2009

You need to refine your Google searches ;-)).. click here

G

  anniesboy 10:58 17 Jun 2009

Shame,heres Hoax Slayers version of Snopes
click here

  birdface 11:12 17 Jun 2009

Yes I did read your first click here on Google but it was the only one I found that actually said ignore it.And your 2nd click here was of great help and I hope others use it as well.
Keep up the good work and thanks for the info.
It was just as I thought so I will not be trying it.

  birdface 11:17 17 Jun 2009

Thanks for the info.That just about clears up whether any good or not and the advice is to ignore it.

Ok will class as resolved.Thanks All.

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