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Re: Off Topic: E-Mail Security in this Group

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  • Subject: [mg117807] Re: Off Topic: E-Mail Security in this Group
  • From: DrMajorBob <btreat1 at>
  • Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 04:07:02 -0500 (EST)

I agree with Helen; spam isn't that big an issue. It never really was,  
even in the bad old days. My e-mail address has been out there for ten  
years, and I get maybe ten spam messages a week.

(Or is it five a day? It really doesn't matter!)

If posters want timely answers, on a moderated forum, they need to give  
e-mail addresses.


On Wed, 30 Mar 2011 04:18:03 -0500, Helen Read <readhpr at> wrote:

> On 3/29/2011 7:51 AM, JCW wrote:
>> It appears that one's full e-mail address is exposed to the Internet
>> whenever one posts to this group because it is a 'Google front end'
>> for a Usenet group.  (Oddly, Google gives me a warning to this effect
>> when I try to post a REPLY to an existing message, but NOT when I
>> start a new thread.)  There's a nice discussion of this issue at
>> "Discussion>Google Groups Basics>security when using usenet groups"
>> that recommends, in particular, using disposable e-mail addresses (not
>> so easy when you already have a Google account).  Yet I see a lot of
>> people using what are apparently real e-mail addresses (masked by
>> Google, of course) on this group.
>> So my question is this:  How have you folks solved this problem (if
>> indeed there is one) and avoided spammers? -- JCW
> I access this group via Usenet, using a real news server and news reader
> (not the web based Google Groups), because for me it's way more
> convenient. I have been a Usenet denizen since 1993, and have always
> posted under my real e-mail address so that people can reply directly to
> me if they like. There's nothing more annoying than replying to sender
> only to have the e-mail bounce because of a fake address.
> In the early days, there was some spam coming in as a result of spammers
> harvesting addresses from Usenet, but it was never a huge problem.
> Spammers now have so many other sources of e-mail addresses that having
> my e-mail address out there on Usenet doesn't matter. And any decent
> e-mail provider nowadays filters out e-mail spam, and I see little to no
> spam making it through to my Inbox.
> Really it's a non-issue, and my own belief is that people should post
> under a valid e-mail address so that others can reply directly to the
> sender.

DrMajorBob at

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