[website-critique] Re: Yahoo Problems

  • From: Vania Smrkovski <smrkovski@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: websitecritique@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2002 11:11:54 -0500

Wow, that wasn't there when I signed up.  I've always made sure to uncheck
options like that.

Something to keep in mind, though:  Yahoo! doesn't need to sell the names.
Just being in the message boards, for instance, is a great way for bots to
review posts and collect email addresses.  Something you, I notice, don't
include in your emails, (whereas I have ordinarily have it in my sig and
rely on anti-virus software and email rules to filter out crap), but a lot
of other people who post may not even be aware of.

So in addition to the advice he gives, I'd like to also point out that in
Yahoo!'s account preferences page, there is a spot to "Edit Profile
Information" where you can specify that your email address can be displayed
or not.  And if you do post, be sure you are aware that anything you type in
your post will be public and searchable.  Post your personal information
with sobriety.


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Vania Smrkovski
Internet/Interactivity Consultant
smrkovski@xxxxxxxxxxx
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/smrkovski

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[mailto:websitecritique-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of DesignWorks
Sent: Friday, March 29, 2002 8:25 AM
To: takeatip-leaveatip@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; websitecritique@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [website-critique] Yahoo Problems


I thought this was only for yahoogroups, but it is for everyone that has a
yahoo account.  I have my DesignWorks and my StarBand address in there for
certain things, and I have noticed that my inflow of spam has nearly tripled
lately.. I thought my name had been sold somewhere.. guess I was right.

Here is what I got on one of the groups I'm on.

Sometime recently our beloved Yahoo - in what may well be yet another
attempt to drum up cash - has apparently reset EVERYONE'S email, mail and
telephone marketing preferences to "Yes" for everything.

Unless that's what you want - a flow of spam by mail, email and phone,
here's how to fix it:

- go to http://my.yahoo.com/

- click on Account Info (very top of the page)

- log in with your Yahoo account/password

- in mid-page, click on "Edit your marketing preferences"

Check out all the stuff they've made as "YES" options, including email, and,
way down at the bottom US Mail and Via Phone. I changed all my stuff to NO.

Be sure to click on the SAVE CHANGES box at bottom to save these settings.
Of course, if you want to get certain advertisers' stuff you can say "Yes"
as you please."



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