Combating internet abuse

I just discovered that spammers have been using one of my e-mail addresses as the return address on some of their postings.

That is just wrong!

I had stopped using that address some time ago because of the amount of spam being sent to it. However, I didn’t close the address because there were several services that I had subscribed to using that address and I didn’t remember what all of them were. So I diverted all of the mail to that address to a separate folder and periodically skimmed through it to see if there were any messages from any of those services.

Today, after learning that spammers were using the address, I unsubscribed it from the services that I knew of. Then I closed the address and deleted it from MS Outlook.

That’s one of the good things about having our own domain on I can essentially have as many email addresses as I want and can open and close them as needed. (Other benefits of includes lots of room for big files, 2.5 gigabytes, with plenty of bandwidth, 75 gigabytes, at a relatively low monthly rate.)

Spammers, hackers, makers of popups and creators of viruses and spyware are the scourge of the internet. Their activities constitute internet abuse and cost the internet community tremendous amounts of money, time, energy and effort in combating the effects of their ruinous activities. Unfortunately, the activities of these people seem to be getting worse over time.

Whether they realize it or not, all users of the internet combat internet abuse to some extent. They use the delete key to dump unwanted e-mail, click on the x icon to close popups, and depend upon virus software to block the viruses. Unfortunately, success in combating internet to some extent depends upon the user being internet savvy and knowledgeable.

The following tactics should b considered for combating internet abuse:

  • Use an internet firewall to prevent hackers from accessing your computer from the internet.
  • Make sure your virus protection is up to date.
  • Don’t buy anything from spam or pop-ups.
  • Close all pop-ups without clicking on them.
  • Don’t respond to spam. Clicking on their offer to take you off their list often just confirms that your address is valid and results in more spam.
  • Use a throw-away address for subscription to on-line services. If spam starts coming to that address, close it and establish a new one.
  • Don’t use your regular e-mail address as the “mailto:” address on your web pages. If you get any decent amount of traffic, you’ll also get spammers’ e-mail harvesting traffic and, as a result, will start getting spam.
  • Get a popup blocker program or use an internet browser that has pop-up blocking built in.
  • If you visit sex related sites or game related sites, there is a chance that spy-ware or ad-ware has been loaded onto your computer without your knowing it. Get a program that will detect them.

I have a firewall in place. My virus protection is up-to-date. I do not open click on anything in spam messages, of which I do not get many any more. Firefox is the browser that I prefer, which has very effective pop-up protection. I’ve just disposed of an e-mail address that was being excessively spammed. I use forms instead of the “mailto:” HTML for feedback from my web pages. I don’t visit sex or game related sites and periodically use a spy-ware detection program.

Before the problem with spammers using my e-mail address, the most recent action I’ve had to take was to disable the comment features of my blogs to keep from having to deal with blog spam sent via comments.

It’s a never-ending battle.

Post from one of my abandoned blogs – North Farnham Freeholder – recovered from Internet Archive WayBackMachine 2/27/2011 – page

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