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Old 03-31-2010, 11:32 AM   #15
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One way e-mail addresses are collected is when someone forwards one of those "make you feel fuzzy so you forward it on" e-mails.

When sending to "all of your friends", you should never just forward such a message. Copy and past what you want to send into a new message. In the "To" area put your own address, then use the "BCC" (Blind Carbon Copy) area to list all who you wish to get your message. This none of the previous addresses, nor the addresses of your friends will show on the message. I will show "To: Undisclosed recipients"

I never forward that stuff, no matter what is says will happen to you if you do or don't, good or bad. Never.
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Old 03-31-2010, 11:40 AM   #16
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I get a lot of spam, but it's pretty clear why: My addresses are all over a whole bunch of sites ("contact the webmaster" on every page). In hindsight, I should have used an email riddler everywhere, but that's all history now. Glad that Yahoo (where all of my email lands from a bunch of different addresses) has a pretty good spam filter.

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Old 03-31-2010, 12:22 PM   #17
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Public Wifi

one should also be quite careful when utilizing "public", free Wifi access to the 'net, presuming that you're on a PC with a Microsoft Windows OS, that your firewall is turned on, that your file & printer sharing is turned off, and the rest of your security settings are "strong".

if you need to know how to do that, post a note, and I'll send up some links that will help you understand how to do that.

you should also check with your email provider to see what SPAM filtering they offer, and consider using an email program like Thunderbird that also provides some additional support and protection.


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Old 03-31-2010, 12:27 PM   #18
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Just curious, why do they call it SPAM??
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