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30 Sep 2016
Unsubscribing from mailing lists is hard.
How many times have you seen a message "please remove me from this list,"
followed by two or three more pointing out that the instructions are in
the footer of every message,
followed by three or four more asking people to not send their replies to
the whole list (all sent to the whole list, of course,)
perhaps with a final message by the list manager saying she's dealt with it?
For marketing broadcast lists, it's even worse because there's no list to write to.
Messages are supposed to have an unsubscribe link (required by law in most places)
which usually works except when it doesn't, or it leads to a web page making
incomprehensible demands ("click here unless you want not to be removed
only from this sender's mail") so for a lot of users it's easier
just to click the junk button until the messages go away.
See more ...
Stable link is https://jl.ly/Email/oneclick.html
20 Sep 2016
A few days ago I was startled to get an anti-spam challenge from an
Earthlink user, to whom I had not written.
Challenges are a WKBA (well known bad idea) which I thought had been
stamped out, but apparently not.
The plan of challenges seems simple enough; they demand that the
sender does something to prove he's human that a spammer is
unlikely to do.
The simplest ones just ask you to respond to the challenge, the
worse ones like this one have a variety of complicated hoops they
expect you to jump through.
What this does, of course, is to outsource the management of your
mailbox to people who probably do not share your interests.
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Email/badchallenge.html
05 Sep 2016
A friend (really) asked for advice about what to say about mail authorization
to people setting up new mail systems, particularly in parts of the world where
networks are relatively new and staff less experienced.
The first question is are you a phish target?
There's two parts to this question.
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Email/authcheat.html
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