I was happy to receive your e-mail. I was a bit surprised though that you urged me to go to a website selling Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton. You should know I’m more into labels of smaller designers. (Check out my new mittens from Lumi below. So beautiful, well made and functional in this winter weather! Mine are just black in color.)
But in the end it wasn’t you who sent the e-mail, someone had stolen your e-mail contact list and sent spam in your name. This is so annoying! What can we now do about it? How did your contact list even end up in the wrong hands? I went to ask Sean, our Security Advisor here at F-Secure (check out his Twitter feed), and he said:
“There isn’t much you can do, this is the nature of the Internet. Even if you are doing everything right, one of you friends or their friends might leak your e-mail address due to their bad e-mail habits. As the Internet is a big cobweb, you cannot really point out where the leak happened. But there are a few very basic things we should all remember when sending e-mails.”
And Xavier, even though all this might sound really scary, you shouldn’t be too bothered. Yes, it’s annoying that your name is being used to sell Gucci, but the blunt truth is that there isn’t really anything that we could do about it afterwards. These things happen. What can you do about it? Follow the three tips above and soon you’ll be back on the right path.
Xavier, I hope to see you soon!
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