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Think Out of the Email Box with FilzMail – A Disposable Email Address

image Yesterday’s article on “Nigerian Spammers Take On the FBI” drew a facetious comment from a reader in which he stated, in a manner of speaking, that he likes to hit back at spammers.

A pretty natural reaction, I think, to the tons of unsolicited emails that lead to crammed inboxes. I’m sure many of us would just love to hammer these guys.

If you’ve ever been tempted to “fight back” and respond to unsolicited email – don’t. Here’s why – simply opening the email is sufficient to let the “bad guys” know that your email address is “live”. In other words, your address is now good to sell to more spammers, which will guarantee even more spam. So, you see, they still win.

If you’re going to “write” to these people, do so from a disposable mailbox. There are tons of these available, but one of the best was covered here by guest writer Glenn Taggart, several months ago.

There are all sorts of reasons why you might need to setup a temporary email address. But the primary one is likely to be avoiding having to reveal your “real” address to scammers/spammers.

As Glenn explains, setting up a disposable email account is easy.

FilzMail – A Disposable Email Address

image Last week, I set up a new user account on my computer for my oldest daughter who is almost 10. She has been after me to get her own user account for about a year or so.

I told her if she could compute responsibly and not cause any significant registry damage, I would go along with her request. She has shown excellent computer responsibility, and so I followed through and set up her own user account.

Along with the user account she also wanted her own email address. I was somewhat indecisive if I should or not, but ultimately set one up for her at Gmail.

Gmail is a real pain to set up if you don’t have another email address (non Gmail). They wouldn’t let me use my pop3 email address because it was already being used for my wife’s Gmail account.

So I’m thinking – wow, I need a disposable email address.

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Enter FilzMail. After doing a little research on the web, I came across this simple web application that gives you a free email address that self destructs after 24 hours. Using it to set up my daughter’s email account worked fabulously.

In this world of spam, if you come across something that you don’t want to give your regular email address to, head on over to FilzMail and create a disposable email.

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Guest Writer: This is a guest post by Glenn Taggart of The Crazy World of G, who brings a background as a high level super user, to the Blogging world.

Drop by Glenn’s freeware page.

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FilzMail – A Disposable Email Address

What do you do when you need a temporary email address? Guest writer, Glenn Taggart, has some great advice for you.

Last week, I set up a new user account on my computer for my oldest daughter who is almost 10. She has been after me to get her own user account for about a year or so.

I told her if she could compute responsibly and not cause any significant registry damage, I would go along with her request. She has shown excellent computer responsibility, and so I followed through and set up her own user account.

Along with the user account she also wanted her own email address. I was somewhat indecisive if I should or not, but ultimately set one up for her at Gmail.

Gmail is a real pain to set up if you don’t have another email address (non Gmail). They wouldn’t let me use my pop3 email address because it was already being used for my wife’s Gmail account.

So I’m thinking – wow, I need a disposable email address.

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Enter FilzMail. After doing a little research on the web, I came across this simple web application that gives you a free email address that self destructs after 24 hours. Using it to set up my daughter’s email account worked fabulously.

In this world of spam, if you come across something that you don’t want to give your regular email address to, head on over to FilzMail and create a disposable email.

Guest Writer: This is a guest post by Glenn Taggart of The Crazy World of G, who brings a background as a high level super user, to the Blogging world. Why not pay a visit to Glenn’s site.

If you enjoyed this article, why not subscribe to this Blog via RSS, or email? It’s easy; just click on this link and you’ll never miss another Tech Thoughts article.

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Free Port Analyzers – Defeat Spyware/Botware


Windows XP has a command line utility which will help you determine if you have Spyware/Botware running on your system. Netstat displays protocol statistics and current TCP/IP connections.

I use this utility as a test, to ensure that the anti-malware tools and Firewall running on my systems are functioning correctly, and that there are no open outgoing connections to the Internet that I am not aware of.

How to use Netstat:

You should close all open programs before you begin the following process, if you are unsure which ports/connections are normally open while you are connected to the Internet. On the other hand, if you are familiar with the ports/connections that are normally open, there is no need to close programs.

There are a number of methods that will take you to a command prompt, but the following works well.

Click Start>Run>type “cmd” – without the quotes>click OK> this will open a command box.

From the command prompt, type Netstat –a (be sure to leave a space), to display all connections and listening ports.

You can obtain additional information by using the following switches.

Type netstat -r to display the contents of the IP routing table and any persistent routes.

The -n switch tells Netstat not to convert addresses and port numbers to names, which speeds up execution.

The netstat -s option shows all protocol statistics.

The netstat-p option can be used to show statistics for a specific protocol or together with the -s option to show connections only for the protocol specified.

The -e switch displays interface statistics.

Running Netstat occasionally is a prudent move, since it allows you to double check which applications are connecting to the Internet.

If you find there are application connections to the Internet, or open ports, that you are unfamiliar with, a Google search should provide answers. A very good source of information is Steve Gibson’s website, Shields Up, where you can test all the ports on your machine, as well as testing the efficiency of your Firewall. Take the Firewall test; you may be surprised at the results!

If you are unfamiliar with, or uncomfortable with using the command structure, there are a number of free real-time port analyzers available for download.

Process and Port Analyzer is a real time process, port and network connections analyzer which will allow you to find which processes are using which ports. A good little utility that does what it says it will do.

Quick Facts:

· View currently running processes along with the full path and file which started it

· View the active TCP Listeners and the processes using them

· View the active TCP and UDP connections along with Process ID

· Double click on a process to view the list of DLL’s

Download at: Download.com

CurrPorts allows you to view a list of ports that are currently in use, and the application that is using it. You can close a selected connection and also terminate the process using it. As well, you can export all, or selected items to an HTML or text report. Additional information includes the local port name, local/remote IP address, highlighted status changes and more.

Quick Facts:

· View current active ports and there starting applications

· Close selected connections and processes

· Save a text/ HTML report

· Info on local port name, local/remote IP address, highlighted status changes

Download at: Download.com

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