Don't let email spammers verify you

Automatically viewing images from specific people in your Thunderbird address book is fine.

But, don’t add your own email address(es) into your address book and check that box. If a spammer ever gets your email address, and you open that email, images displayed inside the email will verify you.

Allow remote images in HTML mail within Thunderbird

I lasted about a year in minimizing spam. It’s starting to trickle now, but I hope it doesn’t get any worse.

For further information, read “Privacy basics [for] Thunderbird” at mozillaZine.

I know about Gmail. They appear to have the best spam filters[1. Compared to the other free webmail providers]. If you’re not paranoid about Google seeing everything, they’re the way to go. Do you have your own domain but want Gmail hosting? Look at Google Apps.

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

One thought on “Don't let email spammers verify you”

  1. A good tip, Bryan. Personally I’m in love with Gmail’s spam filters, nothing else really comes close. I’ve recently moved to MobileMe (push email to my Mac and iPhone, mainly) but I don’t give that email address out, rather both of my Gmail accounts forward to it. Best of both worlds.šŸ˜‰

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