Thanks for that. Id got an email from some sysadmin in belgium this morning
who said he picked my email out of google so i was wondering exactly what
the story was there, as sometimes it was slightly obfuscated with "at"
instead of "@" and other times the email address was fully there.
As you outlined below spam is pretty much unavoidable and like
everyone else ive log since come to accept it :)
For that reason alone i never bothered to check and see to which degree
the address was being exposed. I just never considered that since my
email address is the only one really being used by the domain a quick
google for the domain would readily reveal my email.
I suppose having a gmail adress is a little more anonymous.
Anyway i just wanted to know exactly what the story was & colm answered
that for me so im happy out.
Cheers again & have a nice weekend.
On Fri, 12 Dec 2008 11:34:37 -0800, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> Quoting Oliver Pfaff:
>>> Its been ages since i looked at linux.ie but is my email address there
>> because i put it there at some stage?
>> Yes, you did. E.g.:
>>http://mail.linux.ie/pipermail/ilug/2008-January.txt>> By the way, do you ever send mail to any MS-Windows user, or to any
> group that includes MS-Windows users? Then, the moment one of those
> users' machines becomes malware-infected, and the malware "harvests" all
> strings parseable as e-mail addresses from the system MAPI service and
> from the system Web cache, your e-mail address gets added to the
> hundreds of thousands sold on CDs to would-be professional spammers.
> This is one of the several reasons why the "I'm hiding from spammers"
> strategy doesn't work, and why I'd advise you to not bedevil mailing
> list admins with requests that they retroactively remove (or obscure)
> your address from posting archives.
>> (By the way, I've artificially changed my "Quoting..." string to use
> your name only and omitting your e-mail address, but that would normally
> be one of the other reasons why the "I'm hiding from spammers" strategy
> is hopeless and doesn't work.
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