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
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.
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.
Drop by Glenn’s freeware page.
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