Spam Wars: Our Last Best Chance to Defeat Spammers, Scammers, and Hackers

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SelectBooks, Inc., 2004 - Business & Economics - 330 pages
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This book shines a bright light on the shadowy electronic mail attacks that fill the in-boxes of nearly every internet email user on a daily basis. Most email users are unaware of the tricks and scams that accompany or are built into unwanted automated email messages that today account for approximately 60% of worldwide email traffic.The goal of this book is to educate the world's email users in an entertaining way about the threats to their individual privacy and the credibility of the entire email system through a careless attitude toward email spammers and hackers. Those who are satisfied to wait for technological and legislative solutions are deluding themselves into believing that the answer will come solely from the outside. Armed with just a little bit of technical knowledge provided in this book, every email user can fight the last inch of the battle starting immediately, with the ultimate goal of choking off the spam economy and removing all financial incentive for the perpetrators.
  

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Contents

Email Predators Guardians and Victims
1
Grasping Spam not SPAM
9
How We Got into This Mess
21
Behind the Curtain How Email Works
31
Its the Spanonomy Stupid
43
How Spammers Get Your Email Address
51
Meet the Spammers and the Scammers
63
The Spammers View of the World
83
Beware Geeks Bearing Gifts
175
Rule 3 Spammers Are Stupid
183
Technology as a Partial Solution
203
The Law as Partial Solution
227
An Email Manifesto and Todo List
253
All about Email Message Headers
279
An Introduction to Spam Sleuthing
291
Online Resources
307

How Spam Differs from Junk Mail
97
The Antispammers View of the World
105
Spammer Tricks Part 1 Headers
121
Spammer Tricks Part 2 Messages
137
Glossary
311
Index
319
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Danny Goodman is author of more than two dozen books on computing and internet technologies including The Complete HyperCard Handbook which claimed honors as the best selling Macintosh book and fastest selling computer book in history. His articles on computing and consumer electronics have appeared in some of the most prestigious general audience publications including Playboy and Science Digest.

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