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John S

10 months ago

Email: the more things change the more they stay the same

I started really getting into the internet back in the early '90's. When I got connected I had my US Robotics 33.6K modem, an independent ISP, Netscape, and thought I was the cat's pajamas.. Ha! The ISP gave me a disk that contained everything I needed to get connected, and to set up an email account. Wow! It didn't take long for the junk email to start rolling in. I called and asked, and was told how to get rid of it but that didn't stop it to my satisfaction. I went to a different ISP, and he showed me what to do, and explained how to do it, so I could teach my friends, so that they wouldn't fall into the same trap that I had. I won't explain that suffice to say that it was a lesson learned and it is no longer really applicable. So why did I bring it up? This morning I received 2 emails. One was from and old friend of mine and was addressed to me using her name, but not her email address, and was addressed to an email address that I first signed on to Facebook with, over 10 years ago, and changed it immediately there after. Other emails using her name have come to me using my correct email. I told her about this but apparently she has done nothing. Too bad. Also I received an email from PayPal telling me my account was in jeopardy of being closed because of some total nonsense. I looked at the email header and with a laugh forwarded it to spam@paypal.com. People please, it's not rocket science. If an email sounds to good to be true it probably is, and if doesn't look right check it out, and by all means do not give out personal information ever in an email. Microsoft Outlook 365, Outlook 2016, and Microsoft Email all have made it extremely easy to add these senders to your blocked senders list. Please do so, and protect yourself.

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