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Spammers have previously made big leaps in either misrepresenting facts or just using this feature for their own benefit.
STEP 6: Use antivirus protection and firewalls to protect your computer from being used by spammers.
While Web bugs are not a new phenomenon to the Internet, this new data reinforces the fact that spammers are using increasingly deceptive tools to invade end-users' privacy and harvest valid e-mail addresses," Chasin says.
However, few firms are convinced it will make any difference to the unscrupulous spammers, who happily break the law now, and will in all likelihood continue.
I am one of those libertarians turned rabid anti-spam law advocates precisely because letting spammers continue unfettered is anti-libertarian.
The law legalizes spam, but levies severe civil and criminal penalties for spammers who break certain rules.
Finally, many spam emails contain tracking codes in the HTML that can help the spammer work out which email addresses are active and therefore send still more spam to them.
com, is now selling software that allows spammers to send pop-up messages directly to computer users' desktops bypassing e-mail altogether.
Of course, the spammers immediately will go out and open a new account, but this will take a day or three, shutting them down in the meantime.
What is needed, therefore, is a system that can a) defeat spam reliably, b) generate a minimum of false positives, c) not be rendered obsolete by new spammer techniques and d) be deployed and managed inexpensively.
In a registration attack, a spammer registers large numbers of e-mail addresses with a variety of web sites to determine which addresses are valid, and can then match an address with a web site.
And even if one out of 1 million people spammed buys something, the spammer gets a huge return on investment.
These techniques are not very useful against the modern spammer since their email addresses, subject lines and message content are constantly changing.
Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford law professor and the author of Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, believes the problem is enforcement, and his proposal is for the government to pay a bounty to any geek who can track down and identify a spammer.
Experts preach some important dos and don'ts when it comes to dealing with spam that is driving you nuts: assume mall from any unknown sender is spam, choose an ISP with a stated anti-spam policy, do not threaten spammers by return e-mail, do not "unsubscribe" from a spammer's list (this tells them your address is a good one and you will probably just get more spam), use a good anti-spam program, be careful when you, give your e-mail address to a listserve system (eBay is probably okay, Fred's GetRichQuick probably is not) and finally, disguise your email address if you make postings to newsgroups.
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