block "auto-responders"(?) in email

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by WCH, Nov 20, 2003.

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    WCH Guest

    Sorry, I don't know the right term for this. What I'm talking about is when
    I receive a piece of spam email and as soon as I open it (not an attachment,
    just the message) I can see that data is communicated back to someone (I've
    got an icon for my network adapter in my taskbar and can see when data is
    transmitted or received).

    I used to have something set so Outlook Express (yes, I know, I know) would
    ASK me before permitting that kind of automatic response, but I'm on a new
    computer now and can't remember how to recreate that setting.

    Any help in preventing spam messages from sending data back to the
    mothership without my permission would be appreciated.
    TIA -- WC
    WCH, Nov 20, 2003
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    *~Queenie~* Guest

    Why do you open spam????
    *~Queenie~*, Nov 20, 2003
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    °Mike° Guest

    1. Do not open SPAM.
    2. Do respond to SPAM - ever!
    3. Tools / Options / Security ... Check 'Restricted sites zone'.
    4. Tools / Options / Security ... Check 'Warn me when other application....'
    5. Tools / Options / Read ... Check 'Read all messages in plain text'.
    6. Tools / Options / Read ... Uncheck 'Automatically download message...'
    °Mike°, Nov 20, 2003
  4. You are opening HTML-encoded spam. It has links in it which grab images (or
    whatever) from remote sites. These links frequently transmit tracking
    information about you as well.

    The ONLY solutions:
    1. Do NOT open HTML email.
    a. Do NOT use Outlook, Outlook Express or Internet Explorer on your
    computer, since these programs have security problems which can be
    exploited by HTML email. Use ANY OTHER program for email.
    b. Do NOT "render" or decode HTML messages, since that will fetch the
    remotely-stored information and send your tracking data. If you're really
    that curious to know what the message reads, read the raw HTML. (And be
    prepared for some truly bizarre stuff--the dodges spammers use to cover
    their tracks and confuse bulk mail detectors are incredible.)
    2. Encourage your correspondents to NOT use HTML in sending/receiving email.
    3. If you are a computer-savvy person, the chances are that the only
    HTML-encoded email you get is spam--a great way of screening it out.
    Gary G. Taylor, Nov 20, 2003
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    Juan Pérez Guest

    Juan Pérez, Nov 21, 2003
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    °Mike° Guest


    Well spotted, amigo. :)
    °Mike°, Nov 21, 2003
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    Juan Pérez Guest

    Your meaning is clear .....I'm just feeling klutzy tonight....jeje
    Juan Pérez, Nov 21, 2003
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