Martin over at ghacks has a blog post
up today about a tool that can scan (spider) a website and look for any pages that might be displaying your email address.
This can be useful to help you figure out if a forum is somehow showing your email when you post, etc.
But it got me thinking..
People always wonder if a site like DC, which tries hard to encourage people to sign up at our forum and newsletter, is actually doing this in order to collect emails to sell to spammers, etc. I can say (and do on various pages on the site) unequivocally that this is something we don't do, will never do, and take very seriously. We don't share the emails of our members with anyone, ever, for any reason.
But how do you know? And what about other sites?
What would be good is a website whose only purpose was to register at other websites, using a UNIQUE
email address given ONLY to that website, and then monitored and reported if that email was ever used in any email(spam) from someone OTHER than the original website.
Are you following me?
So for example the website would have a chart that looked like this:
|Original Website Where Email Address was Submitted||This Email Subsequently Received Spam From||Date of First/Last Foreign Spam|
|MyFaceSpace dot com (Jan 2004) ||SellYourHomeForFiveDollars dot com, civigrathemagicmedecine dot com||Jan 2004 / Dec 2009|
This would be a site that people could visit to check to see whether a website was selling email addresses of its users and could be really helpful.
Does such a web service already exist?