Published by rich on Monday, May 26, 2008 - 20:44:21
Hopefully they’ll prove to be a win-win. I win because it develops interest in, and links into SpamButcher.com. Users win because they get some free (maybe even useful) little apps.
There’s a downside though. I’ve already been getting spam addressed to “URL Thing” and “Spam Bot Blocker” - two of the free tools.
The emails are actually going to firstname.lastname@example.org - but some of the download sites post the application name as the title for the link to the contact email address for the download. This clues me in to the general source of the spam.
The download sites themselves aren’t spamming me. The problem is that “spam bots” crawl the web looking for email addresses - and email@example.com is now on about half of all download sites. That makes for a lot of spam.
The problem isn’t new. Hundreds if not thousands of different download sites already have my spam stopper listed - many of which also list one or more of my email addresses.
Ironically, one of those applications - Spam Bot Blocker, is specifically designed to prevent such spam bots from getting your email address. Unfortunately, I don’t have any control over how download sites post my email.