Tuesday, December 21, 2010

i know your email address...so what?

Cory Doctorow over at Boing Boing makes the bold claim that there's no compelling evidence that obscuring your email address online using techniques like john DOT smith at host DOT com actually reduces the amount of spam you recieve. As long as his spam filters are catching the spam effectively, he doesn't mind sharing his email address with the world.

Are you willing to follow his lead?


GamesWithWords said...


John List said...

He's right, and on two counts. Spam filters are good enough to keep the menace at bay, and spammers now rely on dictionary attacks - flooding a domain with every combination of names before the @ character - rather than lists of known email addresses.

Old habits die hard though, and I won't be presenting my address unobfuscated any time soon.

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