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Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by xfilesgurly, Jan 11, 2002.

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  1. xfilesgurly

    xfilesgurly Thread Starter

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    I just went on a website (The top link in Google's directory listing for "Return to OZ", hosted by angelfire) and when I clicked on a link a prompt thingy came up saying "The form will be submitted by email and your address will be visible to the recipients" Then OK and Cancel. I clicked Cancel and the page carried on loading. (Just clicked on a link, I didn't submit a form)

    So... have I cancelled the site taking my main addy or has it happened anyway?

    There isn't anything about it in my Sent folder, would there be?

    Grrrr.

    Thanks
     
  2. Gnosisless

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    If you clicked Cancel to your browser's warning, then the email wasn't sent.

    This page uses a javascript called "Devious Visitor Monitor" to generate an email when you click a button, for example "Click Me To Let Me Know You Were Here." The script then requests your browser's mail client to send an email to whatever address with information about your browser, what URL you came from, and other information stored in your browser settings. The only thing this loser couldl get this way that he couldn't get from other methods is your email address.

    A person who clicks on this link and allows the mail to go through is likely to get spammed. If you want to report the person running this script to his web hosting service (angelfire), and his home account (MSN) here is a copy and paste of the script from that site, showing the email address your mail would have been sent to:


    < name="form1" METHOD=post action="mailto:[email protected]?SUBJECT=Devious Visitor Monitor" enctype="text/plain" onSubmit="return

    Of course, it is possible that this information is being collected for perfectly harmless reasons, but anyone using a sneaky script like this is suspect from the get go.
     
  3. Ratboy

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    xfilesgurly,

    After seeing your post I sent CoupFeather52582 (Celia) an email posing as a concerned 3rd party and inquired about the pop-up form.

    Here is what she said:

    Later the same day she sent another message (I edited inapproprate words, as noted by #):

    I just thought you would like to know.
     
  4. xfilesgurly

    xfilesgurly Thread Starter

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    Thanks!

    I was just all *eeek* about it because I'd *never* seen that script before (3 years+ online)

    Phew panic over - thanks you two.

    Xfilesgurly
     
  5. Gnosisless

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    Wow, Ratboy, nothing like the direct approach, I guess! :)

    It certainly sounds like Celia meant no harm, but she *should have* put text with the button indicating the script would send an email. Something like:

    "Clicking the button below will send me an email from your default mail address. If you do not want to send me an email, do not click."

    That's all. Then, no surprises, and no one getting ticked off that their browser is suddenly trying to send email they didn't request.

    If you haven't emailed her back, and intend to, please pass along the above suggestion.
     
  6. Ratboy

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    xfilesgurly - Glad I was able to help.


    Gnosisless -

    I agree, it appears Celia meant no harm. I thanked her for the clarification and agreed that it was probably for the best that the script be removed completely rather than be edited.
     
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