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The simple answer as to how some postings from AfriGeneas' message boards get "out to the Internet" is "Web-Crawlers". Web-Crawlers are software that are used by any number of different organizations and others to scour the World Wide Web 24/7 for new web pages. As with almost anything, there is good and bad in that. The good is, the major Search Engines, such as Google, etc., can locate and publish this information which helps make it easier for us all to find what we need. The bad is, that this same method can be used for unsavory purposes.

Since the Internet is accessible to almost anyone and everyone, we all have to live with the good and the bad...just like driving on the highways and byways of the world. The trick, for every Internet user, is to protect themselves as best as possible. AfriGeneas, like so many other web sites, does its very best to try to minimize the negative side of Internet use with any and all means it has at its disposal. Unfortunately, keeping everything safe and secure is a never-ending battle that web sites must live with. It's expensive and time consuming.

Try using different e-mail addresses for different purposes. There are many free e-mail providers available to everyone, and we at AfriGeneas encourage all of our users to at least consider this route. Only use your main e-mail addresses where you're relatively certain that their compromise will be minimal. No public web site can completely guarantee that your e-mail address will not be compromised, so it's truly the responsibility of the individual to use as many resources as is available to them to try to minimize the amount of spam they receive.

The Internet is world-wide and openly available. Many of the spam e-mails that some people receive does not even come from the person or organization listed in the "From:" line of their e-mail message. There are ways to defeat the intent of e-mail protocol that is widely used by unlawful people who want to appear to be someone other than who they actually are.

Just like we have to learn the rules of the road, and how to keep ourselves safe when on the road, the same is true for the Internet.

We at AfriGeneas hope that this helps to strengthen the resolve of our users, and not let the complexities of the Internet cause them to shy-away from using it to their full satisfaction.

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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