Email Security

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Subject: Email Security
Posted by:  Learner (geoffb41NOSP…@ozemail.com.au)
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2006

Received this message recently but I have a feeling that this "idea" has
been around before and found not to actually work? Is this so and why did it
not work?

"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
AAAAA…@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
AAAAA…@AAA.AAA, it will be undeliverable because of
the phoney 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 AAAAA…@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 ''

I look forward to comments and references - thanks.

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