According to my McAfee site adviser, when we signed up here, ( FarmallCub.com) this site posted our e-mail address on the web, making it available to spammers
Please excuse the length....
Well, yup, that would be McAfee.. and every other piece of software.. it is called using a hook. How many times have you seen ads or whatever for a free virus scan.. you can betcha bottom dollah, that that software will find viruses on your computer, and guess what, it will remove some but not all, unless of course you done go an buy that there software... Geesh.. I will really be surprised when one of these companies actually comes up with something original....
First and foremost.. doesn't matter what YOU
do on the web.. unless YOU
are surfing into porn sites and stuff.. YOU
personally will not be targeted.. Oh, and as for your email addy being available here or on any BBS, that in and of itself does not represent a danger.. your address is actually quite available to anybody who wants it, simply by typing in your name and street address.. it is in an on-line database somewhere.. at least at your ISP.. worry about them.. cause their on-line filters and stuff are usually useless.. cause guess what.. for you to get spam, it has to get by your ISP first.. they are primary, and they are NOT doing their job..
What actually occurs is that bots get into a pop server and then raid all the emails.. or you get a Trojan that raids your email addy list, and then the spamming starts. What it is, is basically a two fold operation.
1. The primary goal
is to get people to visit their sites.. as the spammers basically get paid by the return hits on top of how many email addy's they can grab.
2. The secondary goal
, is if they cannot get additional hits,,, then denial of service or DoS is the goal.
My email address has been widely available for almost 10 years now, and I can pretty much guarantee you that 99.99999% of the spam that I get has not been generated by any activity of mine on the net, or by having my email address readily available.
A couple of things you can do, and you won't even see the stuff.. but you got to be willing to do the work..
1. Get a decent Anti-Virus, Firewall, System Maintenance Suite etc.,
. and unfortunately McAfee and Norton are not it. I am not an IT professional, I am not an employee of any software producer.. I am just a guy who has lots of puters, and has been building, repairing and cleaning them both physically and the software for almost 15 years now... for a lot of people, and I have learned the hard way.
I used to use Norton exclusively until it became no longer tenable. They have gone from being cutting edge, clean code software to the Visual Basic GUI interface layers of junk that do nothing but add Gigabytes of useless garbage to a program. It is entirely a function of the school of thought that promotes.. greatest amount of monetary gain from least amount of effort......
Also, Norton has become a resource hog. One now needs 1 gig of ram to efficiently run Windows XP, Norton and Office 2003 all at the same time......
A resource hog is a program that has far too many layers and has lazy code writers.. hence more lines of code to process, which requires more resources to do basic tasks..
McAfee has always relied on heavy corporate support to keep it alive, it has never been a real home user friendly program.. and I find it does not get anywhere near the amount of viral stuff that Norton does/did, and not even in the same league as IOLO.
However, software is a personal preference issue, and I would never be so bold as to tell anyone what to use.. suggest yes, but that is it...
2. You also, need to get a Spam filter
. There are many of em.. at the moment, I am still playing with Spam Fighter.. it seems to be okay.. it is a semi intelligent database -- by that I mean.. there are constant updates, it talks to it's servers worldwide and they catch about 95% of all Spam that I get. I do have to manually block new spammers, but then those go into the worldwide database, and everybody benefits. How good it is, is still up in the air.. but until I discover something better, it will stay.
3. You also must be willing to do the work.
A minimum of once per week you must perform a system wide check. I leave my computer running 24/7.. easier on the equipment, easier on the power bill.. A system wide check should include a number of items in your arsenal.. and that is aside
from your primary security programs. Oh and Windows Firewall is a basic firewall and should not be relied upon by itself.. it is like Swiss cheese..
i.) Windows Defender
-- is kinda good for ad-ware and other malware which includes bots.. these also are good vehicles to provide your addy to spammers.. and spammers do use bots heavily.
ii.) Ad-Aware SE
- similar to Defender, but will find stuff WD doesn't etc.
iii.) Spy-bot Search & Destroy
.. again, similar to the above 2.
While each of the above will not get all individually, by running in concert with each other, it is surprising how much malware is removed weekly. This also will aid in improving you system response..
Be aware... and be pro-active. Do not be afraid to have your email on the net.. that isn't the problem. The major problem is low-lifes who have nothing better to do than to dream up this stuff to make every-body's life miserable, to deny service for a giggle or for profit, to create a reason for additional software purveyors to exist. This can be good or bad depending on your viewpoint and the size of your wallet. However, there are many good Shareware programs out there that will do the job quite satisfactorily..
As Big Dog stated... the mods and Dennis do pay close attention to who registers.. but those who register as a new member are they are actually say a porn site.. well they cannot spam you from here.. all they can do is hope you will click on their link.. then YOU
and your addy will be in there database. Basically these fake members are a PITA and an irritant. They also try to by-pass the fake URL laws, by becoming members of forums so that they can be in compliance with continually evolving legislation in MANY jurisdictions that are pro-active in Internet service.
Don't worry about the security of your email address here. If it was to be compromised at all, it will be compromised at the source -- your ISP.. as it is freely available (check your EULA)...