Can the SPAM – Use Email Aliases

Can the SPAM – Use Email Aliases

Everyone has that junk email account from an old mail service they don't use anymore (ehem...AOL). They give it to salesmen, questionable websites, contests, fake accounts, etc. That way the majority of SPAM goes to the secondary account and fewer personal details are provided. While is a great solution, it's time to upgrade to junk mail 2.0. I know you're thinking, "Why? That just sounds like putting lipstick on a pig." I'm glad you asked. Imagine actually being able to reduce SPAM. Now picture having control over the email address(es) you provide no longer locked down by a single account. What if the addresses you provided had a sole purpose, so you could remember who you gave your email to and why? These are just a few of the benefits of email masking. If that sounds too"techy," don't worry, it's simple and quick to get started. Here are a few options to keep people from dumping on your virtual property. 1. Gmail...
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Online Privacy

A couple of years ago I had the privilege of attending a seminar about electronic privacy and security led by former FBI computer crimes investigator Michael Bazzell. If this is your first time hearing that name or digging into this topic I highly encourage you to visit his websites, listen to his podcasts, and/or read his book. His blog is a great place to start. You can find it here: https://computercrimeinfo.com/wp/. During his presentation he explained the many ways our private information is obtained without our consent; either through social engineering, data mining, or outright hacking. At the end of the presentation, he even gave a live demonstration showing a wifi pineapple device that he setup earlier in the day to spoof the guest wifi of the facility. In doing so, he collected personal information from a handful of smartphones in the room (including pictures, web sites visited during the presentation, and more). Needless to say, I was impressed with his...
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