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Web Sites Provide Rich Harvest for Spammers

If your e-mail address is posted on a Web site, the chances of it being “harvested” by a spammer are much greater than if the address appears on a blog, on a message board, or in a chat room. That’s one finding from a study conducted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), whose investigators created 150 e-mail accounts—50 with an Internet service provider (ISP) that does not use antispam filtering, and 50 each at two other ISPs that do filter for spam—to learn more about how to reduce spam. @ E-mail Address Harvesting and the Effectiveness of Anti-SpamFfilters, a report by the federal trade commission’s division of marketing practices, is at SM Online.

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