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Troubleshooting

Keeping your kids from accessing inappropriate Web sites is one thing; protecting them from pornographic offers and images sent via e-mail is something else again. This type of sex-spam is endemic today, and it’s unfortunately almost impossible to protect against.

As you’ll learn in Chapter 8, “Ensuring Privacy and Security,” the people and companies (called spammers) that send out these annoying e-mails obtain your e-mail address whenever you leave it somewhere. If you enter your e-mail address as part of a Web site registration process, it’s quite likely that that Web site will sell its list of e-mail addresses to a third party at some point in time. Spammers also lurk in Usenet newsgroups, message boards, and chat rooms, looking for the e-mail address of posters and chatters.


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