Fri, 21 Sep 2001 13:21:12 +1000
The following notification came to
me from my Macintosh Users' Group, and I imagine it would apply to any PC email
programme. It is a simple action worth trying to reduce the spread of computer
viruses. My action in posting this is hardly altruistic - I want to remain
virus-free too. I am assuming that the information is correct, because it has
come from a member who teaches computing.
Try this. You will save yourselves
the headache of apologizing to your friends for sending them emails with viruses
should you get infected with a virus on your computer.
Stop the spread of
viruses - Trick your address book !
Who among us doesn't know someone who
has experienced the embarrassment of unknowingly spreading a computer virus via
their email address book?
It's time to STOP this from happening by TAKING
CONTROL of your email program!
For those who are unaware, many computer
viruses spread themselves by sending themselves to everyone in your address
book. Imagine how you would feel if you were unknowingly infected with a
computer virus, and worse yet, your friends, family, and business contacts were
being targeted by your computer!
This tip won't prevent YOU from getting
any viruses (you have to scan those attachments yourself before opening them to
do that), but it will stop those viruses from latching onto your address book
and sending itself out to others.
To avoid spreading computer viruses,
create a contact in your email address book with the name : 0000 and with no
email address in the details.
This contact will then show up as your
first contact. If a virus attempts to do a "send all" on your contact list, your
pc will put up an error message saying that: "The Message could not be sent. One
or more recipients do not have an e-mail address. Please check your Address Book
and make sure all the recipients have a valid e-mail address."
on OK and the offending (virus) message would not have been sent to anyone. Of
course no changes have been made to your original contacts list. The offending
(virus) message may then be automatically stored in your "Drafts" or "Outbox"
folder. Go in there and delete the offending message.
Problem is solved
and virus is not spread.
Try this and pass on to your email contacts. The
more people that use this technique, the less vulnerable we will be to viruses
that spread in this manner!
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