E-Mail Tracker Programs


takoda
on Jan 01, 2012 @ 10:08 am

E-Mail Tracker Programs -- very interesting and a must read!

The man that sent this information is a computer tech. He spends a lot of time clearing the junk off computers for people and listens to complaints about speed. All forwards are not bad, just some. Be sure you read the very last paragraph.

He wrote:

By now, I suspect everyone is familiar with snopes.Com and/or truthorfiction.Com for determining whether information received via email is just that: true/false or fact/fiction. Both are excellent sites.

Advice from snopes.Com

VERY IMPORTANT!!

1) Any time you see an email that says "forward this on to '10' (or however many) of your friends", "sign this petition", or "you'll get bad luck" or "you'll get good luck" or "you'll see something funny on your screen after you send it" or whatever --- it almost always has an email tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and emails of those folks you forward to. The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of 'active' email addresses to use in SPAM emails or sell to other Spammers. Even when you get emails that demand you send the email on if you're not ashamed of God/Jesus --- that is email tracking, and they are playing on our conscience. These people don't care how they get your email addresses - just as long as they get them. Also, emails that talk about a missing child or a child with an incurable disease "how would you feel if that was your child" --- email tracking. Ignore them and don't participate!

2) Almost all emails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards. All it was, and all any of this type of email is, is a way to get names and 'cookie' tracking information for telemarketers and Spammers -- to validate active email accounts for their own profitable purposes. You can do your Friends and Family members a GREAT favor by sending this information to them. You will be providing a service to your friends. And you will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam emails in the future! Do yourself a favor and STOP adding your name(S) to those types of listing regardless how inviting they might sound! Or make you feel guilty if you don't! It's all about getting email addresses and nothing more. You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT! Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later and very possibly a virus attached! Plus, we are helping the Spammers get rich! Let's not make it easy for them!

ALSO: Email petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress of any other organization - I.e. Social security, etc. To be acceptable, petitions must have a "signed signature" and full address of the person signing the petition, so this is a waste of time and you are just helping the email trackers.
 


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Becky
copy pasting on Jan 02, 2012 @ 04:15 pm

hey Takoda

When you're copy / pasting from an email or website, please paste it first into a NOTEPAD document. Then copy from the notepad document and paste it into a forum.

That way it pastes properly into the forum and isn't so hard to read.

just my 2 cents :-)

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takoda
Thanks Becky on Jan 02, 2012 @ 07:11 pm


I was wondering why this always seemed to happened even if I copy and pasted it into a new email then copy an pasted on here. Will doing what you said in Microsoft office word stop this from happening to? Someone else mentioned this to me before, but I couldn't remember how they said to do it and I thought this was going to work until I hit submit. Trust me it ticks me off to. I hope you had a nice Xmas and a great New Year.
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Becky
no.. on Jan 03, 2012 @ 05:24 pm

Copy / pasting it into MS Word won't help 'cuz Word is very good at keeping html formatting... copy paste it into Notepad.

Just click on Start > Run >
type the word "notepad" and click OK
that will bring up your notepad. This comes with Windows so you don't have to worry about installing it.

:-)
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mamaluv
thanks Becky! on Jan 03, 2012 @ 05:37 pm

Becky's one of our honourary geeks (I know she'd be the first to say so!) - thanks for the helpful tips :)

We've since removed the formatting code, for those of you just joining this conversation.
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takoda
Thanks on Jan 04, 2012 @ 09:34 am

I'm going to save this info so I can go back to it the next time I want to try this. Sorry about all the trouble ladies.

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Becky
awww :-) on Jan 04, 2012 @ 10:19 am

@mamaluv your comment totally made my day! :-) I am honoured to be an honourary chickadvisor geek =D

I just read the article, and it's a good read! Very good reminder!
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AngelinaRosaries
i am returning your spam: wait, i will try it for dinner on Jan 06, 2012 @ 08:29 pm

yeah, those guilt send back or bad luck. probably, many years ago, i forwarded it and guilty of sending my friends email to the SPAMMERS. Since about 2004, I send a message to the sender back, saying ---" thank you for sending this, it is a spam", but won't forward it, but will try it for supper. :)

very good read, glad to know it is out there now.

Angie
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