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Online! The Book by Wendy Taylor, Chris Pirillo, John C. Dvorak

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Spammers

Civil libertarians argue that a spammer isn't quite the same level of ethical troglodyte as a hacker. That difference becomes academic, though, when you receive your twentieth “HOT XXX WEBSITES!!!” email in one day. Whether or not you lump spammers in the same category as hackers, it's a safe bet that you'd rather not be bothered by either of them. Protecting your privacy is an important part of Internet safety.

Spammers have a lot in common with hackers:

  • They target you with questionable tactics.

  • They snoop on you when you don't know it.

  • They use all that data to build a profile of you.

Targeting

Spammers get your email address from many different sources. The most above-board method is from you explicitly giving it to someone. When you ...

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