Thursday, February 25, 2010

Real World Aggravation

This is off the usual purpose of this blog, but what happened to me yesterday just makes me angry.

Earlier yesterday I received an email from someone who I have had brief email contact with asking why I had sent him email about Viagra. I then noticed a couple of other emails marked undeliverable, one of which had an email address I did not even recognize. After running antivirus and my security software and even restoring the system to a previous date I did my research and found out I had become the latest victim of spam artists who are now using people's email addresses to send out spam. I believe it is called "spoofing" where these people somehow get an active email address and the address book and use it to send out spam, since the idea is that if the email is coming from someone a person has had previous contact with they will open it instead of deleting it. Most of the time is also used to spread worms and viruses. What was even more annoying was the fact that as several sites who were trying to help said, there was little I could do except change my email password and make sure all my system's security functions were up to date and working correctly. I've done all that and I hope that solves the problem but it still makes me mad that somebody would violate my privacy for their own use and drag my name into the mud with people.

So make sure to keep things up to date and if this happens to you just try your best to make sure it doesn't happen again.

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