I’m Now Twice As Scared

Posted: June 3, 2005 in Uncategorized

Spoke at Inbox conference yesterday.

The conference was mostly about SPAM and other terrible stuff that can happen to your email inbox, but, we got in a great session about RSS and IM’s effect on email communication.  (Hint:  RSS and IM is effecting it a lot!)

On the panel were smart-guys extraordinaire Matt Blumberg of ReturnPath and Dick Costolo of Feedburner.

In general, I think the email industry drinks its own Kool-Aid.  Everyone feels like "SPAM is almost licked." 

As my friend George used to cynically say:  "R-e-a-l-l-y?"

But, this post isn’t about that.  It’s about all the other horrible bad stuff that’s happening in your inbox… the most notable being the evil scams bad guys are playing on an unsuspecting population. 

I mean, I knew it was bad.  But the truth is I’ve been happily oblivious to the just HOW BAD it really is.

How can you feel safe entering passwords into sensitive banking accounts when the threat of "keyboard loggers" (little programs secretly planted on your computer) can track your every keystroke?

Forget about the "copy & paste the password" trick… there are now "clipboard loggers," too.

That’s the problem:  It’s a cat & mouse game between good guys trying to protect you and bad guys trying to rip you off. 

Unfortunately we’re the mouse.

So protect yourself.  I use a free program from Lavasoft (http://www.lavasoft.com) and routinely (like almost daily) sweep my system.

Lots of other great products out there, too, from Symantec, even Microsoft now.

Whatever you do, JUST DO IT.  Now.



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