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I moved domains, websites, everything from that arrogant SOB at GoDaddy. Since I wanted the (free) email forwards (and the charitable group I manage a website for, free, is not exactly wealthy) I got the best deals at NameCheap.com .
Unlike GoDaddy, you do need a brain to get by. On the other hand, they don't low-ball you in and then gouge you on renewals. Actually, they have some pretty consistent monthly specials to cut things down a bit more - but even without them they're (another) good deal.
Yes I do, multiple.
That could very well be the source, but that information is public I think (which I think is criminal and the complete opposite of GDPR).
I should look into that.
It's like when I registered my company at the CoC and it turned out that they do not only display my data in public, but also sell it.
I've been getting daily to weekly phone calls about gas and electricity since then and it's mandatory by law
Luckily the CoC is not allowed to do that anymore, but all these companies still have my number, got five phone calls this week alone
There was a point where one of my registered domains had my _main_ email address and I was getting 5 spam email a day. Then I changed the domain registration to my _dumping-ground-email-address_ and the spam started going to the dumping ground the next day. Instantly cleaned up the problem on my _main_ email.
If you send me your credit card number, expiration date and CVC code, I'll make sure they stop right away... I promise!
Anything that is unrelated to elephants is irrelephant Anonymous - The problem with quotes on the internet is that you can never tell if they're genuine Winston Churchill, 1944 - Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. Mark Twain
Thanks, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll give you the requested information.
You may need the login to my email as well so you can look at the spam messages.
Do you think you need my bank credentials as well, just in case?
You can also send me any applications that I can run to clean my computer
These are just a few of the top level domains that are 100% pure garbage because of namecheap.
Any traffic to my networks from ANY of these results in an instant firewall rule blocking their IP addresses.
There are much more, these are just the worst offenders.
Why do those even exist
Like any legitimate business would use any of those.
Except .cc (Creative Commons) and apparently top-level domain for Cocos Islands near Australia?.
And .at is just .Austria, we have plenty .nl in the Netherlands so I'm guessing Austria has plenty. at.
And same for .us, although I imagine they'd mostly be using .com.
But especially .loan, .trade, .bid, .download, .click and .xyz are just inviting spammers.
One reason they exist? The originals are just plain running out of unique options.
That guy has some sort of burr up his ass about NameCheap.
As I told him, I've been using a .info address for over a decade. It was not, however, originated at NameCheap, but at GoDaddy.
Your like .cc - "creative" commerce - look into a mirror with your commmen about why are the others needed. Why is that needed? "Create" to build the ego of the owner? Actually, there's no problem with .cc, as far as I'm concerned.
In fact, if you were a spammer, wouldn't you pick the most common possible domain extensions to appear as legit as possible . . . and also to in-your-face foil someone like 'Basildane' ?
I've not gotten spam at my registrar public visible address. Others have. I have found the main source of trouble is screen-scraping websites for email. Also, I've seen emailers just randomly generate strings and send spam, using a big-name target (????@yahoo.com, ???@gmail.com). Then, just wait for the clicks to "Remove them" for a list of saleable live targets.
In fact, if you were a spammer, wouldn't you pick the most common possible domain extensions to appear as legit as possible
You'd think so, but for some reason they don't.
Their email addresses are suspicious, their fonts are suspicious, their typing errors are suspicious.
Everything about these spammers is suspicious, while it shouldn't be too hard to at least write an email without typos and in a default font
I get "H i m y n a m e i s C h r i s t o p h e r" and not "Hi, my name is Christopher".
I'd probably open the latter, but absolutely not the former yet that's what I get.
Actually, I'd open neither. "Hi, my name is . . . " cannot be in any way a good thing. If I don't know their name, why are they sending me email? Clearly, they want something. Or. maybe they want to share millions of dollars with me?
The most recent spam's I've gotten are using a yahoo.com email target - the actual address. A VERY
LONG TIME AGO I actually gave it out directly. Nothing on the internet ever goes away. In the body (I was searching for an email target) they even identify themselves as being based in Romania - with a .com return address. Touting different items in each of the three (so far). As soon as I zero in on a target email, I'll have my day of reckoning.
Be aware, however, that the "FROM" address can be spoofed trivially. So, whilst the internal links can go anywhere, the filter to limit the top level domain is really quite worthless and maybe counter productive. For that reason, since they're pushing "other peoples stuff" for a fee I need to get a definite target address. The ".com", is, in fact, probably legit for a "legit" spamming company. Actually each has two targets: the sender AND their sponsor.
Anecdote: I followed the sponsor (whois) to their site (not via the email) and sent the email to the person who set up the solicitation (some hoaky online school). I also added to the CC list the emails of the CEO, Faculty Department Heads, &etc. Whatever I could get off their site. About 300, all at once, adjusted their attitude pretty well.
My solution to low spam, more than anything else, relies upon using email forwards and a catch-all within that domain.
Some of the forwards are "permanent" - I actually enter them, often enough to send the same email to more than one place to make sure I get it on the sooner-side. It's the catch-all that works with the spam-killing.
Every single place I do business with, when they ask for an email address, gets one with their name tied to it. For example, assuming a catch-all forward for the domain SnotRag.org, if I do business with amazon then I use email@example.com; if I do business with you, it's Sander_Rossel@SnotRag.org, &etc. Since it's a catch-all address, all email that's not forwarded specifically (as per paragraph two) automatically work. Nothing for me to do but wait for email at my specified box. If I start getting SPAM, I know just who sold me out: they have their signature on it.
Now - how to stop them? I made an SMTP mailer (mentioned previously at CP) that can be told to send email in a loop - as many as I want. 100? 1000? Just the click of a button. Moreover, I can tell it to spoof the return address with extension from primary domains (like .gmail.com, hotmail.com, etc.) - and generate the first chars randomly. Also, another option is to add some extra random text to the subject and body so as to slow down identification by spam filters. I might sent the first request they stop (directly to them) with a real return address and somewhat polite body. If that doesn't work, I'll ask them 100 times - and if that doesn't work . . . . bombs away! Those who sold me out get a kick-in-the-ass, as well, with a pointy-toed-shoe.
Some Pakistani sites took a serious beating (address from page scraping) and now they don't. A few hundred emails, several times a day, into their business box, and they understand that SPAM is not nice. In one case, a rather "unpleasant" graphic was embedded for their viewing pleasure (as a link). My sympathy for them, touting their line of Nazi paraphernalia (newly produced) is, let's just say, below none.
So, them - often and with vigor - and they'll figure it out.
I'm not sure it is possible so I made an account I use to sign up everywhere. It is called spammagnet with a few numbers on the end. It is at google and their spam filters are pretty good. I rarely use my personal account(s) for that stuff and they very rarely receive any spam.
"They have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul! Damn you! Let the rabbits wear glasses! Save our brothers! Can I get an amen?"
I created an email address "DoNotReply@DomainName.com" for emails that are immediately and automatically deleted.
I created an email address "Info@DomainName.com" for emails that are just that, for any requests for information. These emails go into my info folder, which if worthy, are either saved. The rest are deleted.
My primary email address is for friends and family.
They all still get spam, but are much easier to manage.
Last week, the last episode of Rick & Morty's season 4 was released on Netflix.
I follow the show, so of course I watched it, and it ended with this song.
It's amazing, great chill tunes with a bit of a downer vibe, for when you're feeling down, obviously.
Rick & Morty featured other great songs, but this is my favorite so far (well, maybe a close tie with Can You Feel It? by Chaos Chaos).
Other than that I can't say much about it.
Ryan Elder is a composer for television and film and Kotomi is an L.A. based singer, but I've never heard of her before.
After this I'm going to check out more of her work though