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Vulnerable to spam?

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Vulnerable to spam?

I understood that when posting to usenet it's not a good idea to include your email address as this opens you up to spam. So what's to stop someone reading all the usernames on this BB and sending spam to sucker@username.plus(or force9).co.uk? Shouldn't usernames be protected somehow?
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Ianwild
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Posts: 3,835
Registered: 05-04-2007

Vulnerable to spam?

Hi Russell,

There is nothing stopping that from happening, although there are probably much easier ways of trawling for email addresses. If I did a Usenet trawl I could pick up maybe 1 million email addresses in just a couple of minutes.

You should be able to hide your address anyway using the profile section of the board and obviously we would take action against any user we found to be spamming our customers....

Regards,
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Vulnerable to spam?

Good to hear you'll protect us Ian! You could use the .htaccess rewrite rules to block spam harvestors. If you want to find out how to do this with your own site then have a look at this forum thread.

If you want to find out about .htaccess, then read my tutorial on it. Wink