|Re: Caveat Emptor|
Message #9 Posted by bill platt on 24 June 2004, 10:07 a.m.,
in response to message #8 by Chris Woodhouse
I would be far more concerned about the spam you get just because your email address is in the MS Outlook address book of someone who doesn't keep their computer secure
Hi Chris, Valentin,
I think the above quote is absolutely on the mark. This has happened to me repeatedly over the past 8 years or so, though by no means frequently. Once, my company's entire public address book got "ramped up" to a spam machine via a virus that came in through an attachment on one person's computer.
I do not fret spammers too much anymore, because I have a different paradigm:
I give my website, http://plattdesign.net and the person can find my currently active e-mail address there. (In fact, a poster to this forum did just exactly that recently.)
I think if we all did this, we could foil the spammers, because when you start to get too much spam, you just change your address, but not your own private domain.
Of course, this means that your "friends" will suddenly get returned mail. But, if they know the paradigm, they go to your website, and find the current one.
But this approach is far from known widely, so it may take time to become accepted.