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I am using OE6 for posting messages to news groups.  Although my e-mail
address is 'modified' a news group member was able to send me a message to
my e-mail address anyway (a response to one of my posts which should have
gone to the appropriate news group).
I did not download this response and deleted it immediately.

Is there some free software available to tighten/patch my system more
securely?
Many thanks in advance,



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Kayman wrote

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The fix is between your ears.



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Kayman wrote:
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khkay@-invalid-csloxinfo.com

As Panda says, your address is modified. A normal Reply All response
will not reach you personally.

But I would be able to contact you by removing the relevant parts. Some
users of NG's do this with their address intentionally, so that it
requires a slight effort to work it out and you can be contacted if need
be. (As I do).
If you want all responses in the NG only then use an address that
doesn't exist at all.

me@getlost.invalid Just make sure the domain is NOT a valid domain - the
bit after the @.

For instance invalid@hotmail.com would send all responses to Hotmail,
whereas invalid@invalidhotmail.com would not.

Obviously posters should use Reply Group anyway.

--
Kath Adams
MS MVP - Windows (Outlook Express)



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The only valid part is the ISP.  The name (khkay) is wrong, therefore my
e-mail address is modified. Panda suggests that my e-mail address is *not*
modified.
Regards,
khkay (not my real name).

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OK then, another scenario which may help you figure it out.

With my ISP I have an email address in the form of
myname@mysurname.ispname.co.uk

But...you can type anything you want to before the @ and it will reach
me.

So - kath@mysurname.ispname.co.uk will get your mail into the same inbox
as -

thegorgeousyoungkath@mysurname.ispname.co.uk

(As an aside this is where users get confused about email for the rest
of the family all coming into one Inbox - precisely because the email
address is in fact all the same - they are alias's for the one address.)

If this is the case with you, then all they have to do is figure out the
bit after the @ and it doesn't matter what you put before the @

And just to see if I am on the right track, I will email you personally!

Hope this helps. Let us know.

Kath


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Hi Kath,
Thanks for informative response. Still awaiting your e-mail message.
Kind regards,

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I sent you [or so I guess] an e-mail.


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You did indeed! Thanks for giving me sleepless nights and stomach ulcers
:-). Now what? I guess I have to start from the scratch, change the ISP and
ask for a dynamic IP address?
Until now (and since reading Vanguard's dossier), I did not realize that it
was possible undoing 'modified' e-mail addresses. I thought if a computer
program (I think it's called *Sven*) is not able to do so nobody else would.
Obviously I am mistaken! Oh well, time to move on and make appropriate
changes which will include a *dedicated* e-mail address just for newsgroups.
Cheers,

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I did not "undo" your 'hidden' address. I just did a little bit of
snooping around using the hints you yourself provided.

Did not even need to look at headers of your postings.


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Alright Eugene, I give up. Now please, please, please let me know as to how
to rectify this *unacceptable* situation (I am on my knees typing this
message). You are obviously the *right person* to provide advise as how to
install an "anti-snooping" device!!! I am at a loss as to which hints I
provided?? You may wish to mail me directly :-).
Regards,
"Thunderstruck"

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On May 29, 2006, Kayman wrote:
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The ability to pick up mail sent to anyname@domain is usually a function of
your host.  When the folks who host my web site set up my e-mail, they asked
me if I wanted to receive (a) any name @ mydomain, or (b) only distinct
names. Also, the numeric IP doesn't matter as long as the domain name is up
and running.


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Sorry, it bounced back. So I wasn't successful in trying to un-modify!
I have run out of suggestions as to how the response from a NG got
through.
Why not get a free email address to use in NG's? Hotmail? Yahoo? Gmail?

Kath

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Thanks Kath,
Yes, I will have to do some changes concerning e-mail address.
Thanks again for your suggestions.
With best regards,

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Kayman wrote:
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Do you have the reply to address filled in with your real email address?
Regards
Lee

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No, I don't think so.
Cheers,

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Are you saying "khkay" is modified (one or two letters are wrong) or no part
or alphabetic character contained therein matches your real E-Mail name. If
I were convinced it was only slightly modified, I would start by removing
the "h", then kh, etc. Working with only five characters, It would not take
long to crack it. If nothing at all matches the real, then you make it about
impossible to crack with the human mind.
--
Gene K



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Hi Gene,
Well, I am amazed to say the least! Now, why would somebody go through all
the trouble to "undo" my e-mail address? Okay, it has been suggested by
other news group readers that somebody "just wants to convey a *thank-you*
message", they don't come any better!!
Anyway, another news group member 'cracked' my *code* and I hope he will
provide me with appropriate counter measures.
By the way, my e-mail name consists of 10 characters containing all but 1
letter.
Kindest regards,

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It could be that the person responding to your query just wanted to be extra
helpful and reply to you direct.  If it was a genuine answer to a genuine
question this kind of attitude may not encourage people to help you in the
future.

Regards.

Bill Ridgeway
Computer Solutions

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Queries raised in a news group are generally answered back to the news group
which may benefit others. This point is re-enforced by many other news group
experts/moderators/MVP's.
With all good wishes,

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It's amazing how many people will contact me directly with a note of thanks,
even though my email address is slightly altered. I want to make it
difficult for bots to send me email, not people.

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Regards,

Richard Urban
Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
(For email, remove the obvious from my address)

Quote from George Ankner:
If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!

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