Spam, viruses and addressbooks

How do you know that someone has added your otherwise unpublished email address to their addressbook(s)? Of course, you suddenly start getting spam! I strongly suspect that there exist viruses/trojans whose only task is to steal data from your addressbook and send it away to .. (someone).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a common problem when you are forced to communicate with naive Windows users. The best policy these days seems to be as follows:

For personal mail, change the address as soon as it attracts spam, announce urbi et orbi that your mail address is changed frequently and that the current one can be found on your web-page; where you post it as an image file.

For airlines, merchants, online services etc. use http://www.spamgourmet.com/

For mail-lists use gmail and filter all traffic not originating from the list owner.