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Chapter 23. Using Windows Messenger to F... > Doing the Messaging Thing: Sending a... - Pg. 274

Using Windows Messenger to Fire Off Instant Messages 274 Look Out! When you first open the Instant Message window, it displays a message warning you not to send your password or credit card number in an instant message. Good advice! Messages get shipped out over the cyber airwaves in plain sight, making it relatively easy for someone with the right equipment to monitor traffic looking for telltale words and phrases (such as "password" and "credit card"). 2. 3. 4. Click Send or press Enter. The message wings its way to the contact and is also added to the conversation box that takes up the bulk of the window (again, see Figure 23.4). When (or perhaps I should say if) the contact responds, his text appears in the conversation box below your message for your reading pleasure. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to get a full-fledged conversation going. Figure 23.4 shows an example. Here are a few notes to bear in mind when playing around in the Conversation window: · If you want someone else to join the fun, click Invite, To Join This Conversation and then click the contact name. (Alternatively, select File, Invite, To Join This Conversation, and then select the contact.) Look Out! Heed the virus warning displayed by Windows Messenger. If you don't know the sender of the file, don't accept it; if you do know the sender, don't assume the file is virus-free (it may be infected without the sender knowing it). After the file is transferred to your computer, fire up your anti-virus program and check the file to make sure it doesn't contain anything nasty. · If the person turns out to be a goofball, you can prevent him from continuing the conversation by clicking the Block button. If you're chatting with two or more people, you're presented with a list of their names, so you need to click the name of the person you want to block. · To change the size of the conversation text, select View, Text Size and then select one of the relative sizes from the submenu. · For even more control over the conversation text, click Change font and then use the dialog box that comes in to change the typeface, style, size, and the other usual font suspects.