Email address harvesting from here ?

Discussion in 'Computers & Website Forum' started by R_Henderson, Sep 12, 2002.

  1. R_Henderson

    R_Henderson
    Expand Collapse
    Guest

    I did not want my very first post here to be a negative one, however I would appreciate some experiences from others ...

    I only registered here last night, using an email address which I created specifically for this board. Already I am starting to get junk mail through on the address although the address being used is not quite correct ... I am being addressed as peach477 rather than r_henderson ...

    The two senders so far are "LOLFUN" and "GossipFlash" ...

    Moderator / Webmaster - on the assumption that you do not disclose email addresses, is the board being harvested without your knowledge?

    Regards,

    Roy Henderson
     
  2. Bible Believing Bill

    Bible Believing Bill
    Expand Collapse
    <img src =/bbb.jpg>

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2001
    Messages:
    3,761
    Likes Received:
    0
    It is possible that your new email was harvested from your email providor. I have been here over a year and like you created an email address to use here. In that time I have not had a spam problem at that address.

    Bill
     
  3. LindaB

    LindaB
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2002
    Messages:
    211
    Likes Received:
    0
    i have never received junk mail since signing up here.
    There are programs that harvest emails from bulletin boards and guestbooks
    hopefully you use an anonymous email address when using these services, not your real one.
    LB
     
  4. Clint Kritzer

    Clint Kritzer
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Administrator

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2001
    Messages:
    7,739
    Likes Received:
    4
    Hello, Mr. Henderson and welcome to the board!

    I assure you that this site does not sell nor give any personal information to anyone else, however, you have publicly displayed your e-mail on your post(s) and in your profile. When your registration was first approved, your screen name was displayed at the top of the index page. This screen name was a link to your profile.

    If you wish to change the option to not display your e-mail address, simply click the link in the upper right hand of the screen entitled "my profile" and then click the link that says "» View/Update Profile «". You will find the proper option there.

    As for harvesting, we are a reasonably secure site but we will watch for any intrusions.

    Again, welcome to the board. [​IMG]

    Clint Kritzer
    Administrator
     
  5. Gina B

    Gina B
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2000
    Messages:
    16,944
    Likes Received:
    1
    Welcome. [​IMG]
    Many places scan boards and other places on the net to pick up e-mail addresses. It's a cheap dirty trick, and you can help!
    How? Set up a page in the internet with a fake list of e-mails. :D What the hey, set up 10! If enough people do this, it might be enough to start throwing the places who harvest addresses, and it'll reduce everyone's junk e-mail totals.

    Gina, who hates junk e-mail, especially the ones from Kimmy and Jen!
     
  6. R_Henderson

    R_Henderson
    Expand Collapse
    Guest

    .. well the replies are certainly positive - thank you! I guess I was just surprised to start getting hit on an email address which was only hours old. It obviously doesn't look like this board is the problem ... maybe the junk mail wizzards like Scotsmen!

    Thanks to all for comments and we can consider this one closed.

    Best regards to all,

    Roy
     
  7. InHim2002

    InHim2002
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2002
    Messages:
    899
    Likes Received:
    0
    is the site database or flat file based?
     
  8. Clint Kritzer

    Clint Kritzer
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Administrator

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2001
    Messages:
    7,739
    Likes Received:
    4
    Why, sir, this site is Christ based. :D

    [ September 13, 2002, 09:38 PM: Message edited by: Clint Kritzer ]
     
  9. bb_baptist

    bb_baptist
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2000
    Messages:
    7,227
    Likes Received:
    0
    The BaptistBoard.com does NOT collect or sell email addresses. BaptistMail.NET (not to be confused with BaptistMail.com) on the other hand may sell your email address as most email service providers do.

    For the BaptistBoard privacy policy, please see this link: http://www.baptistboard.com/privacy.html
     
  10. R_Henderson

    R_Henderson
    Expand Collapse
    Guest

    .. I think I now understand why I am receiving the junk mail and it has nothing to do with this site. It was just pure coincidence that the junk started hours after I registered here.

    So, the BaptistBoard is completely exhonourated!

    Roy
     
  11. InHim2002

    InHim2002
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2002
    Messages:
    899
    Likes Received:
    0
    it doesn't matter if the site sells the addresses or not - a half decent programmer can knock an application to harvest mail addresses in a couple of hours - you just write a script that opens the page and pulls out any mailto links.

    There are components that you can buy to do this in any case.

    basically if you put your real e-mail address up and it is not disguised in some way (ie. [email protected] or whatever) it can be harvested.
     

Share This Page

Loading...