Computer spam invades privacy
In response to Ann Pennington's letter in Friday's Empire, if regulations against computer spam were enforceable it would be a great idea, although I suspect it would require more extreme monitoring of people's private communications, which does not sit well with me.
I learned the hard way how easy it is to get flooded with spam. (Never put your e-mail address in your online "profile." Very dumb idea.) Now I simply have more than one e-mail address. Anytime I am required to provide an e-mail address to get what I want online, I give them one address, and people I know get my "real e-mail."
The problem remains that well-intentioned people who are ignorant of how junk mail originates blitz the address of everyone they know out to the universe with forwarded lame jokes or sappy stories. If you have a problem with spam, you can create a filter so only people you already gave your address to will be able to send you messages, and all the rest goes in the trash. Then start one new address for new people and another for doing business online. I have a special address for people I suspect may (unknowingly or unthinkingly) zap my address out to strangers. This way if I start to receive spam, I have a pretty good idea of why I am getting it, it will only "corrupt" one e-mail address. It takes a little extra time, but I very seldom receive junk mail anymore.
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