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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Saw the following solution in a communications of the ACM a few years back. (Keep plugging SpamAssassin, Matt; I'm sure I'll try it before I try this.)

    You set up multiple valid email addresses of the form userid-\d\d\d\d\d\d@example.com . You can set up an alias for your friends, an alias for each mailing list your on, and so on. When you need to sign up for something and have a password mailed to you, you temporarily activate an alias. When one account gets discovered and you start getting hammered with spam, you deactivate it and set up a new one.

    Having just completed migrating from one account to another, that sure seems like an attractive option. (I'm sure I'd be doing even better now if I'd migrated suddenly instead of taking two months.)

    Of course, this means your friends have to remember annoying digits. I started life on the net as jxb9451@omega.uta.SPAMMEDTODEATH.edu, so I'm used to having digits in my identity. The rest of you may not like that, and your family and friends might not either. It's like having to know a password to email you, with all the advantages and disadvantages that would entail.

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    • What happens if, say, one of your friends sends a message both to you and a mailing list that's archived on the web somewhere, causing a spamtrawler to pick up your "friends" address.

      Are you going to dump that address as well and replace it by one with a different number? Because that would entail informing all your friends to "please send to jxb-2001 instead of jxb-1701 from now on".

      Or if your mailing list address is compromised -- you'll have to keep track of which lists you were subscribed to *with tha
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      • Are you going to dump that address as well and replace it by one with a different number? Because that would entail informing all your friends to "please send to jxb-2001 instead of jxb-1701 from now on".

        Yeah, that's the general idea. I didn't say it was the best of options, just an interesting one.

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        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers