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Protecting Your Privacy and Blocking Spam 197 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 lun- cheon 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 www.hormel.com 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. How Thunderbird Protects Your Privacy and Security Thunderbird does a few things that will immediately put your mind at ease: · Thunderbird does not allow any scripts to run by default. · Thunderbird's remote image blocking feature allows you to control remote content that is em- bedded in email messages. · Thunderbird's junk mail controls offer a powerful way to filter out unwanted mail. Why are these things important? Scripts can carry executable files that can cause irreparable dam- age to your email as well as to your computer. If you save your email locally to your hard drive, there are scripts that can run on your computer that can erase your hard drive--thus taking away all your saved mail in one fell swoop. Thunderbird puts you in control by not allowing these scripts to run by default. Many spammers have now harnessed the power of remote content and are using it to harvest email addresses to propagate more spam. Thunderbird puts you in the driver's seat by allowing you to control who can send you messages and content. Finally, fighting spam is an almost endless battle. Spammers can bring corporate mail servers to their knees and waste valuable resources. Even server-side spam filters can't catch every piece of spam. When trained, Thunderbird's junk mail controls helps keep your inbox spam-free. Let's forge ahead and see some of these concepts in action. Pass the ham, and please hold the spam. How to Train Thunderbird's Junk Mail Filter Junk, junk, and more junk--it seems that some days I get more spam email than I do legitimate email. At least I don't get as much as Bill Gates, who reportedly receives four million emails a day, most of which are spam. 1 If you put your email address out in the Internet space, it is likely at some point that your address will be harvested by spammers and you will become a victim of spam email. Ready to enter a contest that has a prize that looks too good to be true? It just might be that the contest you are entering will lead you down the primrose path to an inbox full of spam (not surpris- ingly, the entry form probably only asked for your email address). Luckily, Thunderbird has an ex- cellent way to keep spam in check. 1 Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, was quoted in the same story as saying that an entire department at Microsoft is devoted to doing nothing more than ensuring that nothing unwanted gets into Gates' inbox.