And now you've got options.
Did you know that the Internet is made
up of various parts? The WWW (World Wide Web) is one part. Usenet is
another (another name for newsgroups). And the third is e-mail!
- The Web
- Email. And that's all there is!
Yes, electronic mail. The stuff you
love to receive.
the highlights you
need to know.
Spam: you don't have
to eat it
First of all, let's tackle spam. Have you ever eaten any? Did your
parents ever put the meaty stuff on your plate contrary to your request?
That food wasn't asked for. So it was
unsolicited. And that pretty much sums up electronic spam, also known as
unsolicited e-mail. It's also known as UCE-- Unsolicited Commercial
Whether you get real bent out of shape
and go ballistic, or you just hit the delete key is up to you. We
prefer the delete key ourselves. If
it gets real bad, you can try enlisting the services of SpamCop.com or
an organization like them.
Where spammers get
People who send spam are called spammers. How do they get your e-mail
address, anyway? Well, if you keep things to yourself, and don't post
messages on newsgroups that include your email address, you're probably
safe from spam.
Spammers also use robots to harvest
email addresses from web sites. If you're a web designer or site owner,
you can be sure the robots are out harvesting email as you read. It's an
Can you stop incoming
In a word, not really. Ok, make that two words.
And another thing-- I wouldn't bother
replying to those spam mails you get saying "to be removed from
further mailing, just reply to this message." All that does is
validate your email address so they can Spam again.
Low life critters is what they are.
Careful-- you can't tell if the guy or gal next to you on the street is
one of "them."
Yes, we take great pains not to spam.
But regardless of our level of control, there are still those who forget
they requested certain e-mail newsletters, announcements, etc.
They forget that it was their request for this
stuff in the first place, then they proceed to level accusations against
The best thing to do? Just reply with a
kind letter, or simply ignore it. No need to exercise that much gray
matter for so little return. :-)
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