As I don't fancy getting much more spam than I already get, I'm
not putting a direct link to my email address; those just play into
the hands of address harvesting programs (in fact, I think many of
them collect anything that even looks like an email address,
even if it isn't a proper link.
Instead, you get to work it out from oh-so-simple clues - just
enough to prevent automated address collection.
My main email address is with the email provider company
Usermail. Accordingly, the
domain of my email account is "usermail.com" - what a suprise.
The username of my account is the same as my usual nickname,
See? That wasn't difficult, was it? Oh, I suppose that's too
technical for some. That'd be a problem...
The thing is,
once I write it straight down on
my site, it can
leeched off it by the programs
uses to get addresses for
spamming, so I would get
even more than I get
mind you, I must
i don't actually get hundreds of spams
like some people do
... but perhaps that's because of my tin-foil hat!!
christ, how much more
onerous can you lot make this for
me? If you still can't work it out now, TOUGH.
I also used to have the email account "email@example.com",
but chose to get my current email account as Hotmail suck, they
delete your email after a while if your inbox gets too full,
but you can't effectively move your email off their servers
(except by doing things like forwarding the emails to another
account) to make space, meaning that unless you muck about a lot,
you have to lose your old emails. On top of that, near the end,
my hotmail account was getting swamped by numerous spams every
day, which got pretty overwhelming when I only logged into it
every week or so (after I'd got the new account). But eventually
I was annoyed to find when I logged in, that I'd taken too long
since the previous time. They closed my account and deleted the
whole contents of my inbox, telling me that I could get the
account back if I registered again. Hey, I love repeatedly
registering to these things! Get stuffed, Microsoft. (NOTE: this
little rant soon to go to the Rantage section)
So, I don't know if anybody else would be able to reregister
my hotmail account or not, but either way, if you have the hotmail
address in your address books, change it!!!. If I ever
choose to revive the old hotmail account, I'll make note of it here.
Also note that I didn't have "firstname.lastname@example.org", that
was already taken. So if you have that in your address books,
it'd be somebody else's instead, and is
probably still valid for them.
Now, for the sake of spam harvesters, here's some more
email addresses that you wouldn't
want to use. And whilst we're on the topic of spam and email
addresses, I should point out some
facts about tracing spammers that many people are depressingly ignorant
of (now moved into the Rantage section).