Re: Is there a new Virus going around
From: David H. Lipman (DLipman~nospam~_at_Verizon.Net)
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2005 22:53:02 -0500
I think Sandy knows all that and she uses pseudo email address.
-- Dave "Bruce Chambers" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:%239gT4LyDFHA.3452@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl... | You've posted to Usenet using your real email address. By doing so, | you've advertised to every spammer in the world that you want spam. | | While it's not possible to completely eliminate spam (unsolicited | commercial email), there are some precautions and steps you can take to | minimize it's impact: | | 1) Never, ever post your real email address to publicly accessible | forums or newsgroups, such as this one. For years now, spammers have | been using software utilities to scan such places to harvest email | addresses. It's a simple matter to disguise your posted email address | so that these software "bots" can't obtain anything useful. For | example, insert some obviously bogus characters or words into your reply | address, for example: "name@NOSPAMisp.com." | | 2) Never, ever reply to any spam you receive, even to "unsubscribe" or | "remove" yourself from the spammers' address lists; you'll only compound | the problem. If spammers had any intention of honoring the your desire | not to receive spam, they wouldn't have become spammers in the first | place. When you reply to a spammer, all you're doing is confirming that | he/she has a valid, marketable email address. | | 3) Be especially leery of any offers from websites for free software, | services, information, etc, that require your email address, or that | require your email address so you can "login" to access the offered | service and/or information. Many such sites are supplementing their | income by collecting addresses to sell to the spammers. For instance, | subscribing to CNN.COM's Breaking News Service will garner you a lot of | additional spam. (Of course, not all such sites have under-handed | motives; it's a judgment call. If the offer seems "too good to be | true," it's most likely a scam.) | | 4) DO forward any and all spam, with complete headers, to the | originating ISP with a complaint. Not all ISPs will make an effort to | shut down the spammers, but many will. One tool that makes forwarding | such complaints fairly simple is SpamCop (http://spamcop.net). | | 4) Another useful tool is MailWasher (http://www.mailwasher.net). This | utility allows you to preview your email before downloading it from the | server. Spammers can even be blacklisted, so that any future emails | from them will be automatically deleted from the server. | | 5) Within Outlook Express, add any spammers to your Blocked Senders | list, so the their messages are automatically deleted from the server | without being downloaded to your PC. | | | -- | | Bruce Chambers | | Help us help you: | http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm | http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html | | You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having | both at once. - RAH