Seth Wisely said

December 8, 2010

walgreens sells email database received skype phishing — thanks to disposable email address easy to stop spam flow in more likely event walgreens phishing email from stolen list

Filed under: Disposable Email Address — Tags: , , — Seth Wisely @ 04:11

thanks walgreens for the coupons and complimentary phishing attempts…. if not stolen then all confidence LOST in your online pharmacy services… fortunately I do not believe in using such “convenient” tools.. imagine the fun

example phishing email sent to DEA exclusively provided to walgreens

Walgreens took great care to guard their privacy feedback email:  CdnPrivacyOfficer@Ipsos-na.com

Yahoo webmail is less than useful.  It will no longer allow me to reply as-from the AddressGuard address to which email is sent.  (pick Address Guard address in “from” drop down in compose reply pane).  Attempt to send, correctly solve feckless captcha

and then this additional nonsense….

The message you composed has not been sent. Such message blocks are usually caused by sending a message whose content has triggered our spam filters, or by sending to too many recipients at a given time. We encourage you to carefully review the recipient list and contents (including URLs therein) of your message before attempting to resend it. 

If you think that you received this message in error, or are receiving it persistently, please read this FAQ for more information and to request Customer Care assistance.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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I don’t want an apology.  I want to be able to send as from the yahoo disposable email address I created….  as I have been able to do since the addition of AddressGuard, and before that with other email addresses or free disposable email address services like spamgourmet.org or spambox.us.

circumventing requires picking primary yahoo address in From drop down.  yeah, that’s not going to happen — yahoo has defeated the entire value of yahoo AddressGuard.  (yahoo inflicts similar hassle when composing new email to friends, family, or cowordkers using from-as AddressGuard or from-as another Disposable Email Address).  no send joy

Why prompt for “from” information in new disposable email address creation pane?

with blah-couponsdealswhatever@yahoo.com confidently signup to receive that one coupon you want without offering up your account to be raped.  Get what you want.. when the spam started simply deleted the AddressGuard overlay (forwarding) address.

Sure, it’s NOWHERE near as awesome as TMDA… but it was once a flawless integration of DEA with email provider.  Gmail’s (not new) plus addressing or dot placement is a joke by comparison.

“You can create disposable addresses to use whenever you don’t want to share your real Yahoo! Mail address,” or so yahoo claims

captcha within the webmail interface will not significantly reduce spam.. duh?  hello, yahoo?  Please stop tormenting the innocent like unconstitutional anti-self-defense fascist laws

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Seth Wisely said: say no to email privacy abuse

April 16, 2010

gmail as DEA manager

Filed under: Disposable Email Address, Zone Salting — Tags: — Seth Wisely @ 15:15

I have finally gotten around to writing this.  I use gmail to mask my IPA while contacting entities via DEAs.  My plan uses smtp auth accounts as disposable conduits.  I realize using smtp auth for DEA outbound reveals the auth email in headers.  I only check the auth email account for gmail verification emails and couldn’t care less if someone “thought” they’d be sneaky and reply directly to it; there’s an autoresponder on every smtp auth account mocking them for the attempt and informing them how long their email will remain unread.

The nefarious, spammers, SEO, and otherwise employ other tricks but my objective is privacy.  Creating umpteen hundred webmail accounts is tiresome and both gmail and hotmail catch on in a window I won’t reveal.

I use google docs and gmail filters to track each DEA by creation time, expiry, purpose, and underlying smtp auth.  The account itself is coded in the from name so I can easily correlate it to expiry and auth without using notes.

Some DEA I use for outbound communication, most I use for signups with some being able to outbound reply.  When a given domain is blacklisted I apply Zone Salting and create anew by fiat.

For online purchases I do not use public DEA.  Of online sales in the last six months ONLY amazon has not violated my privacy.  Very few can be judged according to their own respective privacy policies as their claim in essence: “we respect your privacy until it’s profitable to not bother”.  Some vendors are especially wicked.  Staples uses the highly spammy forced “opt” in model.  It’s high time ALL online retails adopt at least double opt in!

I am especially fond of spambox.us but I have noticed SEO scum abusing Zone Salting.  Donating more zones, however, will crush them in quantity.  SB needs some democracy feedback to quash spammy/seos zones without zone donation flooding.  But that would need be reputation (peer trust) based otherwise seo/spammers would abuse that too.  Direct democracy, or untempered democracy, is ALWAYS FOOLISH.  I live in a republic; I shall be thankful when the masses realize this again and vote only for honorable men.

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