Reducing Spam Associated with Posting to Newsgroups

Due to a recent increase in spam sent to posters in newsgroups, Microsoft advises that newsgroup participants should consider avoiding posting to newsgroups using their real email address. Microsoft is also committed to continuing to address the issue of spam from a technological perspective.
 
To help avoid receiving unwanted messages (spam) in your regular e-mail account, you may not want to include your regular e-mail address when you post a question or reply to a post in a discussion group. Instead you may want to do one of the following:

* Use a modified e-mail address: Use a different version of your e-mail address that others will understand, but that spam tools can't automatically pick up. For example, if your actual e-mail address is "emailname@account.com", consider using a modified e-mail address such as: "emailnameaccount.com.invalid", emailname@REMOVE_CAPS_AND_INVALIDaccount.com.invalid, or emailname@account.com.NO_SPAM. In this case, the spam tools will send mail to an invalid e-mail address, and others will know to exclude the "(removethis)" when they send you e-mail. When you post a question or reply to a discussion group, just enter your modified e-mail address in the appropriate box.

* Use a secondary e-mail account: Set up or use an e-mail account, such as a Hotmail account, that is separate from your primary account for posting to discussion groups. When you post a question or reply to a discussion group, use your Hotmail account as your e-mail address.

If you have feedback or questions about this, please post a reply in the newsgroup, or contact us at http://register.microsoft.com/contactus30/contactus.asp?domain=communities

Thanks!
Microsoft Communities Team

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10/14/2003 10:26:12 PM
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I think MS should send a brief message to newsgroups telling how to make a
second Identity in Outlook Express. Specifically how to put in a fake e-mail
while setting this up but still be able to use the same ISP.

Also, why do we not all use ROT13 encoding? Or would it be too simple for a
worm to decode? If it can do that, it could remove 'nospam'.

Just some  thoughts
Bernard
bliengme@stfx.TRUENORTHca


"Microsoft Communities Team [MSFT]" <MSTEAM@online.microsoft.com> wrote in
message news:%23tTutIqkDHA.2964@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> Due to a recent increase in spam sent to posters in newsgroups, Microsoft
advises that newsgroup participants should consider avoiding posting to
newsgroups using their real email address. Microsoft is also committed to
continuing to address the issue of spam from a technological perspective.
>
> To help avoid receiving unwanted messages (spam) in your regular e-mail
account, you may not want to include your regular e-mail address when you
post a question or reply to a post in a discussion group. Instead you may
want to do one of the following:
>
> * Use a modified e-mail address: Use a different version of your e-mail
address that others will understand, but that spam tools can't automatically
pick up. For example, if your actual e-mail address is
"emailname@account.com", consider using a modified e-mail address such as:
"emailnameaccount.com.invalid",
emailname@REMOVE_CAPS_AND_INVALIDaccount.com.invalid, or
emailname@account.com.NO_SPAM. In this case, the spam tools will send mail
to an invalid e-mail address, and others will know to exclude the
"(removethis)" when they send you e-mail. When you post a question or reply
to a discussion group, just enter your modified e-mail address in the
appropriate box.
>
> * Use a secondary e-mail account: Set up or use an e-mail account, such as
a Hotmail account, that is separate from your primary account for posting to
discussion groups. When you post a question or reply to a discussion group,
use your Hotmail account as your e-mail address.
>
> If you have feedback or questions about this, please post a reply in the
newsgroup, or contact us at
http://register.microsoft.com/contactus30/contactus.asp?domain=communities
>
> Thanks!
> Microsoft Communities Team
>


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10/14/2003 11:15:44 PM
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