DISASTER: E-MAIL HOAXES

The World Trade Center disaster has already generated a tremendous amount of e-mail spam and chain letters. As this article points out, you can count on a lot of hoaxes to be disseminated by e-mail in the next few weeks. Exercise a high degree of caution before you forward an e-mail message to your favorite fifty friends. […] continued

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HOTMAIL UPGRADE

Hotmail users will notice that the service has been redesigned. I don’t see any important new services, but Microsoft has beefed up the junk mail settings. Everyone will want to bump the junk mail filter from “Low” to “High” to deal with the unbelievable volume of spam that Hotmail seems to attract. […] continued

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MICROSOFT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HOTMAIL SPAM

Oh, this is a nasty one. According to this article, Microsoft sends information about its Hotmail subscribers – email address, city, and state – to InfoSpace, an Internet white pages service. InfoSpace then combines this information with the subscribers’ telephone numbers and home addresses. The result is a user database that spam advertisers use to generate junk mail. […] continued

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WEB BLACKOUT AFFECTS E-MAIL

I had trouble sending some e-mail during the last few days – messages were being returned as undeliverable, but it was hard to understand why. A couple of other people have mentioned the same thing to me. I don’t know for sure, but this article about a squabble between two major Internet service providers may have the answer. […] continued

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NORTON ANTIVIRUS BUGGY E-MAIL PROTECTION

Norton Antivirus offers a feature called “e-mail protection” that I routinely turn off. It’s a service that scans e-mail for viruses as messages come into your system – an appealing idea, but it’s implemented badly. It changes the settings for your POP3 server and frequently prevents e-mail from being retrieved at all. […] continued

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