Doesn't This Practice Make E-Mail Even Less Valuable?


I don't mind talking about privacy (even though it's a dead-boring subject that can get you labeled a kook when you talk about it one too many times). I think any discussion of privacy starts with figuring out what your best practices are. Do you guard your privacy by being careful not to do sloppy things?


Lifehacker has a top ten list of things that you can do to protect your privacy online, and this one is worth a comment:

3. Use Disposable Email Addresses to Avoid Spam
One of the best ways to wipe out spam in your inbox is to use a disposable email address for the internet's sketchier sites. If you visit a site that requires an email address but that you don't fully trust, using a service like previously mentioned Trashmail or the simpler 10 Minute Mail, you can use a quick temporary email address to get the necessary "confirmation email" and ignore any future spam that might come your way.
Doesn't it undermine the effectiveness of E-mail when you throw yet another account onto the pile? Isn't that advocating the abuse of a product that's out there for people to use? Spammers don't stop spamming E-mail addresses just because they are "fakes." Instead of Spamming the one you care about, they still go after your "throwaway" account and that means they still throw multitudes of useless Spam around. They are undeterred; they are merely throwing more crap at the wall. The real battle is to, one and for all, stop this sort of thing. 

As unrealistic as it sounds, no one should ever be allowed to send an E-mail to more than one E-mail address. At least, in that regard, Spammers would have to work overtime to reach people. Wouldn't your E-mail become instantly more valuable and reliable? And wouldn't the savings on bandwidth be worth it? Who reads E-mails that are addressed to hundreds of people anyway?

Defeating Spammers is a process that is really more than just "tricking" them. Someone has to acknowledge that the
bandwidth being eaten up by Spam is seriously undermining the efforts of providers who want to deliver better and better content. Have you ever received a bill for bandwidth usage that went above and beyond all reason? Imagine how much cheaper bandwidth would be if providers weren't battling Spam. Imagine how much more valuable E-mail would be if it wasn't inundated with useless stuff.

If Spam keeps growing (and it certainly does every time a throwaway E-mail address is created), then the available bandwidth keeps shrinking, rendering things like 3G and 4G slower and slower. The sad fact is, you're paying for that bandwidth, especially when it doesn't work as well as it should.

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