You Will Be Spammed, Resistance is Futile
Monday, January 28, 2008
Captain's Log Supplemental Stardate -315075.58
Everyone hates email spam. There was a time when I have to delete atleast 200 spam emails on my hotmail account everyday just to read my real mails. It's my fault. I posted my email address on my old website, free to be crawled by spambots.
When I got my brandnew email address from mydestiny.net 8 years ago, I made it sure that if ever I announce my email address, it should be in graphic form or some sneaky format like, email (AT) domain (DOT) com.
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I'm currently subscribed to receive updates on scheduled power interruption from MERALCO for more than 3 years. I haven't encountered any problems until the other day. The email that I received had my email plastered on the TO field, together with about a hundred of other subscribers. I even found Karlo's email address on that list.
If my memory serves me right, the person's name who sent that email is the same as with one of the editors of Thomasian Engineer, the official publication of the Faculty of Engineering of UST. And I believe she's an Electrical Engineer. Same or not, this way of sending email subscription is a spammers dream come true. Just imagine all the emails they could have acquired. And they're not just ordinary emails, some of them are even company emails!
CC should be replaced with BCC by default! By the way, MERALCO's not the only one guilty of this. Check out TXTJOCK.
And there's also the risk of exposing your email address to spambot from forwarded emails. People love to forward and forward emails to their entire contact list. And some of them even post these messages to their blogs, with the entire email header intact.
No matter what precautions you take, you will get spam. You may be careful in taking care of your email addresses, but not all people around you share your techniques. Now lemme think what I would do to my "free" email list from MERALCO. Hmmm.. how about sign them all up for my blog's email subscription? :~)
EDIT: Chris Pirillo's got some tips to avoid email spam.
*Computer end log*
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