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Off Topic (I know) but seems like a good idea:

----- Original Message -----
From: W. Stapela
Sent: Friday, December 21, 2001 6:47 AM
Subject: [e-com-sec] e mail viruses

Hi list members,

>From a friend I received a tip on a foolproof manner to prevent the automatic 
>spreading of viruses via your address book. Create a new contact/address in 
>your address book named "!0000", but without adding an e mail address.
This fictitious contact will be at the top of your address list. For any 
viruses that attempt to be spread via your address book to all in the address 
book, the computer will give the message: "this message cannot be sent because 
one or more persons have an invalid e mail address. Check your......"
Click on o.k. and the virus is not forwarded to anyone, nor is your address 
book affected. The virus itself will be saved in your outbox (or drafts for 
hotmail), so you need to go there and delete it. Also empty the recycle bin. 
Problem solved and no one in your address book has been infected. Make sure 
that you yourself get rid of the virus, of course.

If anyone can find a flaw in the logic, or a reason not to do this, I should 
like to hear it (I am not a techie, so keep it simple).

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