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Discussion in 'General Security' started by octogenarian, Mar 20, 2008.

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  1. octogenarian

    octogenarian Thread Starter

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    I have determined to learn something about spam and spammers. My ISP catches quite a bit of it and Norton Catches a lot, but some still finds its way to the inbox. I have been moving quite a bit of it into a separate folder, without opening it. I intend to examine the headers, using file/properties, and record the originating ISP. In some cases I will also look at the content, using properties.

    My incoming e-mail is scanned by Norton for viruses, but nothing is 100 per cent foolproof.

    Am I being stupid and should I just delete all the spam, or am I being reasonably prudent?
     
  2. 1002richards

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    My advice (for what it's worth) delete it unread. I do that so I'm not even tempted to click on any inviting little icons.

    Richard
     
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    Agreed, if you delete it unread, nothing in there can ever bite you. If you start poking around with the message source and perhaps click on a link, who knows what could happen.

    If you had nothing better to do, sure, you could look at the headers, but they can and are spoofed/faked to thwart back traces, so I think that's not very productive.
     
  4. octogenarian

    octogenarian Thread Starter

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    Thank you. I will follow your advice.
     
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