DavidT Posted October 21, 2006 Share Posted October 21, 2006 For the benefit of those who read this forum, a definitive and comprehensible submission that can categorically demonstrate one’s email address can’t be confirmed by opening/previewing spam would benefit a lot of us who have had the opposing view drilled into them by MS MVP’s for a good portion of the last decade. Did I come across as saying that "one’s email address can’t be confirmed by opening/previewing spam"? That woudn't necessarily be a true statement in all situations, so nobody can provide that for you. What I've been trying to get across is that good email software need not automatically transmit anything back to the spammers provided that reasonable precautions are taken, such as setting your Options/Preferences so that your program doesn't automatically respond to any "DNRs" and that remote images are *not* loaded by default unless you specifically allow that to happen. One additional precaution would be to have a good quality anti-virus program and firewall, the combination of which should take care of malicious scripting/code other than the images themselves. When I'm searching through my SC email acccount's Held Mail folder (I view it in an IMAP session), my antivirus software sometimes pops up with a warning about something like that. When a message comes in with a DNR, and your software responds to it (because of your settings), then of course there's a possibility that a signal could get back to a spammer. None of the spams that I receive contain DNRs, but you've already shown us one of yours that did. As for the remotely-hosted images in HTML email messages, if you your email software isn't configured properly, then opening a message containing a "web bug" style image link can send a signal to a spammer. I'm pretty sure that the primary use of those "web bugs" today is by commercial entities whose email newsletters, offers, etc. you've agreed to receive. They like to know how many recipients are actually opening their messages, and they sometimes even want to know exactly who had opened their messages. DT Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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