Best way to beat spam? Hide?

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by Technodrome, Mar 21, 2003.

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  1. Technodrome

    Technodrome Security Expert

    Feb 13, 2002
    New York
    You might want to act like a criminal on the lam: Change your name, use a variety of identities and stay out of sight.

    In a new study of spamming tactics, "Why Am I Getting All This Spam?" the policy group Center for Democracy and Technology found the most successful methods of avoiding unwanted messages involved obscuring e-mail addresses or hiding them altogether.

    "Obscuring your address had a very significant impact," CDT policy analyst Rob Courtney said.

    For the past six months, the group baited spammers by posting a variety of e-mail addresses in different Web locations to glean some insight into where bulk e-mailers get their targets. At the same time, the center also experimented with some antispam techniques that consumers could easily adopt, including translating e-mail addresses into plain English and opting out of receiving future mailings from dot-com companies.


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