A Pledge made by Roger Ebert at the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado

The Boulder Pledge
Under no circumstances will I ever purchase anything offered to me as the result of an unsolicited email message. Nor will I forward chain letters, petitions, mass mailings, or virus warnings to large numbers of others. This is my contribution to the survival of the online community.

Beware of Spam! - Interesting anti-spam sites
Stop Spam! - ScamBusters present the best resources and tips for stopping, or at least reducing, the amount of junk email (spam and bulk email) you get.- how to deal with Spam Flooding Your Mailbox
Junkbusters - Bust the Junk Messages out of your life! - their mission is to free the world from junk communications, with a comprehensive collection of information about junk messages, and how to stop them
Make Money Fast! The Myth - An entertaining and humorous presentation of various online scams and spams, even dissecting them to demonstrate some of the ridiculous and repetitive schemes, together with their improbable odds - most enjoyable and educational reading!
Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email - CAUCE is an all volunteer organization, created by Netizens to advocate for a legislative solution to the problem of UCE, aka "spam" - Recycle your Spam!

Now for some really scary stuff!

Your IP address is
You linked here from: http://www.consumer.net/
Your Grandmother's name is Olga
You like Anthuriums
Want a cookie? Chocolate chip??

Whatever my filters don't get rid of, i chuck out manually, without a single glance
....... The other day, my better half phones me from his business trip in a panic. He received an email from me, saying: "get the hell out of my life!!" ....... he thought i was leaving him (he,he)
It was of course an auto-response ......
He should be more careful about what he puts in the subject line! :-)

Privacy.net Traced Over the Internet - Privacy.net demonstrates how things like cookies, electronic footprints and executable files can be used to track anyone's usage patterns on the Internet. In fact, it's as much a statement about privacy issues as an explanation of Internet technology. Some of it is a bit technical but overall the message is pretty clear. To reinforce that message, they've set up an online experiment to show exactly how your activities can be tracked across the entire Internet network. Scary stuff.

If you thought you could surf the web anonymously just by switching off your desktop lamp, think again! Even better, familiarize yourself with How the Internet Works
And yes, we do get a small commission if you buy any of the products listed in our Bookstore whilst clicking from our site - but that way, at least you have our guarantee that should you have any problems with your purchase, we will give you our full support - we HATE scamsters!

Appleby's own Scam Collection
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