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Web Stalkers
Chapter 13 - Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam

Safely Peeking at Spam

The problem with spam is the increasingly sophisticated use of seemingly legitimate message headers.  If one uses a mail program with Active X enabled, just opening one of these spam messages can cripple their computer with adware, spyware and maybe a malicious program.  One such malicious program might send an embarrassing e-mail from the user to everyone in their address book with the message header, “Me Nude”.

Savvy e-mail readers can peek inside a suspected spam message by using the “properties” function.  This can be achieved by highlighting the suspected spam message and clicking the right-mouse button.  Figure 13.1 shows how the “properties” option can then be selected:

Figure 13.1Peeking inside spam using “properties”.


This allows a user to peek inside the suspected spam without having to actually open it. From the properties option the “details” tab can be clicked so that the actual message header is visible.  Figure 13.2 shows a sample header of a suspicious message.

Figure 13.2Using the details tab to reveal the header


The message header reveals the IP address of the sender and other important details about the message such as the web routing.  Users should always be wary of unexpected messages from foreign domains.

When the “Message Source” button is clicked, the internal test of the message is visible.  Figure 13.3 shows the message source.

Figure 13.3 – Message source

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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