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So You're on Vacation

So you're about to take a vacation. You're probably thinking about where you're going, what you're going to do, what you need to pack, and what needs to be done before you go. Thinking about your email security is probably not high on your list at this time. Be careful that your focus on the fun ahead doesn't create problems on your return. In this section, you see how vacation responders can expose information to the wrong people—spammers.

Case Study 2-5

Before leaving on vacation, Bob made sure to set a vacation response on his email and voicemail. He wanted to make sure that anyone trying to get hold of him would realize he wouldn't be back for two weeks. Bob was looking forward to getting some time away from the office. He took another look around his office, grabbed his jacket, and headed for the door.

While he was enjoying his vacation, his email program replied to every spam message he received, which made it possible for spammers to confirm that his email address was both valid and active. Bob returned from his vacation relaxed and tanned, but with a lot of new spam to handle.



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