Chapter 11. Protecting Your Privacy and Blocking Spam


  • Confront spam head on [you won't need a helmet]

  • Block loading of remote images in many messages

  • Can I get a SPAM and cheese to go?

Ahh, spam. It's everywhere. Check out this 2004 quote from Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum: "Two years from now, spam will be solved." Well, he certainly took a rather optimistic view of how many inroads we would be able to make in the fight against spam. Instead of winning the war on spam, in many ways, we are continuing to fight a seemingly never-ending battle. Spam continues to flow into inboxes all over the world at an alarming rate. Companies scramble to implement server-side spam filters while consumers troll the web trying to find solutions to keeping spam out of their inbox and to keep themselves free of viruses, Trojan horses, and worms. Spam isn't only an annoyanceit carries a host of other threats that can be damaging to both you and your livelihood. It's also a very popular luncheon meat.

In many ways, this might be the most important chapter that you read in the Thunderbird section. First, you are probably concerned about protecting your privacy, especially when it comes to sending and receiving email. Second, you are most likely painfully aware of how precious time is and how annoying it can be to have to deal with large volumes of spam as well as the threat of viruses arriving via email messages. The takeaways from this chapter will be significant. You should come away with a better understanding of ways Thunderbird helps protect your privacy and keep you safe. You will confront spam head on by configuring Thunderbird's powerful junk mail controls so that spam will be a thing of the past, thus leaving you more time to focus on the mail that is really important to you. You will learn how to accept content from trusted sources by blocking remote images. Finally, your odyssey will take you into the brave new world of password and privacy options as you learn about ways you can use digital signatures to protect your privacy and security.

FRIDGE: SPAM: Five Billion Cans and Still Going Strong

Monty Python has lampooned it, soldiers have feasted on it, and Nikita Kruschev claimed in his autobiography that it helped keep his army alive. What is it about this mystery pink meat encased in a blue tin that has enthralled people throughout the years?

Maybe it is because SPAM is so versatile. You can do just about anything with itrecipes abound on the Internet for various ways you can prepare this intriguing product. You can doctor it up so that it seems as if you are eating baked ham (you might try the original recipe for Baked SPAM that is on the side of the can and see if you can fool your grandmother). It also lasts a long time, so if you are one of those people who like to stockpile canned goods, SPAM might be your luncheon meat of choice. Hawaiians seem to prefer SPAM as their luncheon meatthey are currently the largest consumers of the product in the United States.

Finally, probably the most interesting question-how did SPAM originate? According to the website, the story begins in 1936 when the Foods division created the recipe. Determined to find a unique name for the product, Jay C. Hormel offered a $100 prize to whoever could generate the best name for this new creation. However, there was a little nepotism involved when the finalist was selected, because Kenneth Daigneau, who was the brother of then-President Ralph Daigneau, was declared the winner. Daigneau created the unique brand name by using a combination of the "sp" from spiced ham with the "am" from ham. So if you are tired of the same old bologna, try some SPAM. I won't be trying any, though, because I'm a vegetarian.

    Firefox and Thunderbird Garage (Garage Series)
    Firefox and Thunderbird Garage
    ISBN: 0131870041
    EAN: 2147483647
    Year: 2003
    Pages: 185

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