hash email addresses / directory privacy enhancement
2014-667rhzu3dc-lists-groups at riseup.net
Tue Apr 29 20:18:01 CEST 2014
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On Tuesday 29 April 2014 at 10:59:21 AM, in
<mid:535F77F9.8070700 at digitalbrains.com>, Peter Lebbing wrote:
> The problem with keeping an e-mail address secret is
> you need to keep it secret all of the time, while it
> only needs to leak to spammers once. Those are
> overwhelming odds.
Does the email address really need to "leak" to spammers at all? I
have a couple of domains set up with catch-all email forwarding;
occasionally for about a couple of weeks one or other domain receives
spam messages addressed to (or bounces to messages spoofed to be
"from") random names at the domain, then it stops and doesn't happen
again for months or years.
> If just one of your correspondents
> is infected by a virus that harvests their addressbook
> or their mail folders, you've lost the battle.
For a couple of weeks until the spammer moves onto a new set of email
addresses. But, just maybe, it becomes an ongoing problem and makes
the address unuseable. In that case, somebody who uses a unique email
address to correspond with each contact simply tells that contact a
new address and retires the old one.
MFPA mailto:2014-667rhzu3dc-lists-groups at riseup.net
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