The "Network Connection"
article in this issue provides a pretty good picture of where we are,
legally, with regard to unsolicited electronic mail. If you read the
article you will see that we seem to be on shaky ground in terms of out
right prohibiting it, although things may change in the future. In the
meantime however, how do you deal with all that spam?
The April 3 issue of The Internet Tour Bus
(< a href="http://www.TOURBUS.Com">www.TOURBUS.Com) printed an edited
version of an article ("How to Combat Bulk Unsolicited E-mail") by Adam
Boettiger, moderator for the I-Advertising Digest.
According to Boettinger, there are five ways that bulk emailers get your
address in the first place:
The thesis of Boettinger's article is that there are ways to reduce the
number of unsolicited E-mail messages you receive each day. He quotes
several "Anti-spam Experts" and then offers the solution that has worked for
him, filtering. If your E-mail program has the ability to filter incoming
mail, you can use it to look at the headers, subject line, or any text in
the body. Following is his description of the filtering process:
Say I get email from CyberPromotions, and they use the domain "spam.com"
in their email address. All I do is create a filter that looks for @spam.com
anywhere in the headers of any incoming email message I receive, and
transfers it to a special "Spam" folder that I have created just for this
type of message.
I do not have it transferred to the trash, because occassionally a
legitimate message slips through. I check my spam folder once every few days
to see if any legitimate messages slipped through.
If you'd like to learn how to filter your incoming email, I have put up
instructions and a list of the domains that I filter for Spam at:
Adam Boettinger also provides a handy list of places to learn more about
spam and how to combat it. Following is the list that was included in
1 I-Advertising Digest is a moderated discussion on Internet Advertising, Marketing and Commerce (http://www.exposure-usa.com/i-advertising). The full text or the article, is available at http://www.exposure-usa.com/i-advertising/sr.html
2 I assume Mr. Boettinger is talking about
cookies here. Cookies are sort of like personal tags, assigned to you
as you browse the World Wide Web. They are used for many legitimate reasons,
but can also - in some instances - capture more information (your name,
E-mail address) than you would feel comfortable giving out. For more
information about cookies, see
To find out what your browser is telling other sites about you, go to the
and "try their test." You can "turn off" cookies in most Web browsers,
but that can be inconvenient because you are constantly asked if you
will accept them - which most people do anyway.
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