Shortcuts To Control Terroristic Email!

Written by A. T. Rendon

Everyone agrees that SPAM is a growing problem onrepparttar Internet. And with estimates that we will soon have over 1 billion people worldwide surfingrepparttar 132800 net, this problem will only continue to grow worse.

The worst part of this situation is that spammers are very clever people and they are using all of their knowledge to get their message onto our desktops whether we want it or not.

For example, this week hidden among all of my usual get-rich quick schemes and penis enlargement information was an email from a porn site that literally took control of my desktop.

As soon asrepparttar 132801 email message was highlighted in my Outlook Express window, it launched a web page that took uprepparttar 132802 entire screen of my computer.

There it was on my 21" monitor, forrepparttar 132803 whole world to see it if they were looking over my shoulder, a lusty, busty women crouched on her knees with her arms pressing together her breasts to overly exaggeraterepparttar 132804 obvious and her legs spread so far apart you could see her most intimate body parts in all of their powder pink glory.

I am a man with a healthy love for women but I do not appreciate having this sort of thing forced on me because someone wants me to give them my money in exchange for pornographic pictures.

As far as I am concerned, these are "Terroristic Tactics".

My computer and I were held hostage byrepparttar 132805 use of HTML source code that includes script language that launches a window to view their web page.

Worse still,repparttar 132806 window is one that takes uprepparttar 132807 entire computer screen and does not haverepparttar 132808 usual buttons onrepparttar 132809 upper right hand corner to minimize or closerepparttar 132810 window.

And, it might even includerepparttar 132811 command to keep popping open even more windows on your desktop at set intervals that can literally freeze up your computer!

What can you do to fight back?

Whether this problem occurs via reading your email or if you are trapped into it while visiting a web site, there are a few things you can do short of rippingrepparttar 132812 power cord out ofrepparttar 132813 wall.

First of all,repparttar 132814 Federal Trade Commission, FTC,, takes a very dim view of anyone that tries to force you to view any material you do not wish to view, be it advertising or pornography.

In a recent action byrepparttar 132815 Federal Trade Commission, they

"asked a U.S. District Court Judge to halt a Internet scam that clones everyday Web sites and usesrepparttar 132816 copycat sites to barrage unsuspecting consumers with pornography. According torepparttar 132817 agency,repparttar 132818 scammers copy existing Web sites and insert coded instructions inrepparttar 132819 copycat sites which automatically redirects unwitting consumers to adult sites operated byrepparttar 132820 defendants. Thenrepparttar 132821 scammers disablerepparttar 132822 browser's "back" and "exit" commands so that Internet surfers trying desperately to escaperepparttar 132823 pornographic images face screen after screen of similar material and advertisements for other adult sites."

Don't Get Mad

Written by Bob Osgoodby

Get Even! In a 24 hour period starting at 10: A.M. this past Tuesday, and ending atrepparttar same time on Wednesday, I received 1,734 pieces of spam email. Now these were all unique addresses, and some had 4 or 5 copies.

I have had it with this nonsense. Looking atrepparttar 132798 email addresses, it was obvious that mine were being harvested fromrepparttar 132799 web.

There is software, similar torepparttar 132800 protocol used byrepparttar 132801 search engines, that allows someone to enter keywords, and it will searchrepparttar 132802 web for any web site that matchesrepparttar 132803 keywords entered. It will then capture any email addresses it finds. An example of such software is "Atomic Harvester".

I downloaded this software, which is fully functional in its search capabilities, and is free if that is all you want. You cannot however, saverepparttar 132804 addresses it finds unless you pay for it. Not wishing to harvest any addresses fromrepparttar 132805 web, I choserepparttar 132806 free version, as step one of my devious plan, so I could see whatrepparttar 132807 spamsters would find when they harvest my site.

Step two was a bit more work. Instead of simply deletingrepparttar 132808 spam, I created a filter with my email reader that automatically sends all spam identified to my trash bin. I use Eudora, which makes this a rather easy task, but was still time consuming. While this won't provide a "spam free" inbox, it will cut down onrepparttar 132809 junk one has to wade through. The rest I simply delete, which also goes torepparttar 132810 trash bin.

Now, I have all this spam in once place - my trash bin. But wait, I said get even. A good friend of mine is proficient inrepparttar 132811 "Perl" programming language. He wrote a program that goes into my trash bin, and extracts all ofrepparttar 132812 "From" email addresses it finds. Now I have a file of allrepparttar 132813 return addresses of anyone who sends me spam.

The majority ofrepparttar 132814 professional spammers use a forged address, which if you respond to it, is returned as undeliverable. Some ofrepparttar 132815 na´ve newbies use a legitimate address.

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