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What is a Spam Trap?

Spam is the bane of electronic communication. Everything from erotic advertisements to “unbelievable” free offers, spam clutters inboxes, and wastes time. Spam is generated from accounts that seek to procure as many email addresses as possible and then send mass messages. With the use of increasingly refined technology, spammers have gotten quite good at what…

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Spam Botnet

Who’s Serving Up the Spam? With apologies to the Hormel Company (the company that long ago created the canned meat dish called “Spam”), it’s a simple fact that spam is the one and only term used to describe any type of unwanted messages in your mailbox. (Read on to find out how that came about.)…

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Privacy Organizations Protect Rights

How You Can Support Privacy Organizations

We normally associate the word “charities” and “causes” with children, cancer, poverty, animals, education, and even world peace. The word “privacy” doesn’t even come to mind. But believe it or not, there are organizations dedicated to protecting our freedom and right to privacy in this digital age and supporting them matters more to our way…

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Gift ideas for the Privacy-Concerned Person You Know So Well

Gift ideas for the Privacy-Concerned Person You Know So Well

If your spouse, a relative, or a good friend are constantly talking about safety, cybercrime and being spied on, a new pair of socks or a toaster isn’t going to calm them down. Give them what they need—the gift of peace of mind and security. One of these privacy and security gift ideas might cheer…

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What is a Private Email Server and Why Does It Cause a Big Fuss?

As most voting-age adults in the United States have heard, someone running for the highest office in the land has made the news in a big way for arranging a unique way to receive their emails. This person set up a private email server. Politically, it has been one of the biggest news stories of…

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What is a Ping?

What is a Ping?

For those who play golf on the weekend, “Ping” is a brand of golf clubs designed to help you hit the ball straight and with precision. For those of us (golfers and non-golfers) who spend a lot of time on the Internet, “ping” is a term that relates to a test to find out how…

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What is POP3?

POP3, which is an abbreviation for Post Office Protocol 3, is the third version of a widespread method of receiving email. Much like the physical version of a post office clerk, POP3 receives and holds email for an individual until they pick it up. And, much as the post office does not make copies of…

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The Internet and the Web: Aren’t They the Same?

The Internet is the biggest example of a TCP/IP network. It is both technologically complex and incredibly “simple” in what it does for you. Think about it. When you send an email for example—let’s say it’s a note to a friend with a picture embedded—without a lot of fanfare and without causing a lot of…

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