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Secure email? Don't make me laugh!

AgedCrone
AgedCrone

Considering what we have been emailing about today.....am I really meant to believe this email I found when I got home is a coincidence?

I haven't put anything confidential in emails for a long time....I now use my landline a lot more, because I really don't trust the security of email or texts.

I even have a credit card especially for buying on line with a miniscule limit so if anyone tries to buy the crowns jewels on my card they will. (hopefully) get nicked!

Needless to say I deleted this Rubbish after I screen grabbed it!

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Terrible - there’s something quite frightening about this specific targeting!

This cannot be a coincidence, now can it? I am seriously considering what, or even if, I email. Selling snake oil to us is one thing and we can all see through that but we can reveal far more sensitive details, believing ourselves to be safe, maybe leaving us open to more sinister contacts. Worrying.

On a lighter note why do I keep getting email advertising plus size clothing? I'm 53k and 5'5". Slim bordering on human twiglet

J

AgedCrone
AgedCrone in reply to Gnarli

I'm similar size/weight & I keep getting slimming advice..mostly from the US with pictures of really unattractive fatties....but what to do except delete,delete,delete?

We can't even tell them to b.....r off!

Gnarli
Gnarli in reply to AgedCrone

Ruddy cheek

Hidden
Hidden in reply to AgedCrone

Look for a free program-called mail washer and bounce it back hard

Hidden
Hidden in reply to Gnarli

You must be getting my advertising by mistake...I'm harpoon size! :-D

Gnarli
Gnarli in reply to Hidden

Forgive me but I'm sure that's not true. Funny but not true

AgedCrone
AgedCrone in reply to Hidden

If you send me your email. ...i'll tell this zazzle outfit to start annoying you! {JOKE!}

helenlw7
helenlw7 in reply to Hidden

Me too!

Soreknees2016
Soreknees2016 in reply to Gnarli

As a 59 year old female, it’s the emails for viagra, penis enlargement and offers to meet sexy women that bug me the most! 😡

Interestingly though, I have a separate email account specifically for online shopping, and I never get spam on that, it all just seems to come through my ‘regular’ account (and they’re both the same provider, gmail).

Aw....go on live a little sore knees!

But I really know what you mean...but somebody must reply to these emails or the sender would go broke & stop.

Some sad people out there!

Maybe a night with a hot Russian babe will distract me from my aches and pains LOL!! 😂😂

Have you seen 'em?

I darent look!!! 😱😱😱

TempleofDoom
TempleofDoom in reply to Gnarli

It does make you think, doesn’t it?

On your lighter note, perhaps the ads should have been sent to me!! x Nic

I get around 20similar emails every day...it's a ruddy nuisance, but no way to trace the sender........just says zazzle.org.uk

Grrrr!

Gnarli
Gnarli in reply to AgedCrone

Blooming sauce!

AgedCrone
AgedCrone in reply to Gnarli

I don't know what I clicked on yesterday when I went my on technical dabble...but I have only had two doubtful emails this morning & Amazon & Google ask if I want to log in or continue Incognito?

Whether that means I'm not being " Cookied" I don't know!

But I seem to be able to access all I need!

Gnarli
Gnarli in reply to AgedCrone

I checked my settings too and found I had set "no tracking" which would explain the lack of too much spam

AgedCrone
AgedCrone in reply to Gnarli

Real little clever clogs aren't we?

Gnarli
Gnarli in reply to AgedCrone

I suspect my 6ft tech fairy has been fiddling with it.

Yes very strange. Me, the wife & kids all think something strange is going on. If we speak about something, the next thing is an advert for that very same thing comes up on Google, Facebook, twitter etc. We also have an Alex who talks to herself. We are not alone...

Sorry Alexa not Alex...

Gnarli
Gnarli in reply to Fatfingers

Shhhhhh!

AgedCrone
AgedCrone in reply to Fatfingers

I don't have Alexa living with me...so it must be something hacking in to either my email or HU.

Against my better judgement I did try to unsubscribe from a couple of these Rubbish emails & the email address was ardne.zazzle.org.uk.

I googled that & it came up as a Cash Back site...insinuating it had connections with well known high street stores.

But what can one Do?

Hidden
Hidden in reply to AgedCrone

Send to junk mail and they should all go there in future, until the next one pops up from somewhere else that is 😊

Hidden
Hidden in reply to Fatfingers

Maybe your phone is listening to tou

AgedCrone
AgedCrone in reply to Hidden

Very much doubt it Minty unless phones with flat batteries work?

My phone is in my "travel drawer" ..I only use it abroad...usually end up charging it in car en route to airport!!

No that is one invention I like..USB in cars!

I think there are ways to block emails. Google may help with that one. Good luck & let me know how you get on. I don't know if a VPN would help you with Internet browsing.

AgedCrone
AgedCrone in reply to Fatfingers

What about Chome "Incognito"....any Use do you think?

Fatfingers
Fatfingers in reply to AgedCrone

Not a great deal tbh.

It’s the evil cookies what do it😉. Every time you go on a site you have to agree to the evil cookies. So you go on a health site, like this, and they will pick it up and any ‘interested’ party, ie those who want to sell you stuff linked with health will bombard you with ads. So whatever you google or search for on the internet is logged I’m afraid. I have a high security level on my email. So it’s set that unless I know the sender, it just goes straight to my junk mail. I check this daily and if it is someone I know I move it to my in box. The rest gets automatically deleted after 5 days.

Don’t forget... Big brother is watching you! 😳😂

dtech
dtech in reply to dtech

Mind you. I do read some for pure entertainment value before I delete them. Especially the horribly misspelled ones who want to give me ( a total stranger) their late husbands $500000000000.

Gnarli
Gnarli in reply to dtech

Well, one would would't one?

AgedCrone
AgedCrone in reply to dtech

Is there anyway I can find out where this ardne.zazzle.org.uk sends from, or it it just a Robot?

I have filters & my Junk box is full of dubious Yuk emails which I delete every so often.

But those that get through to my in box are driving me crazy! I have missed a couple of important emails by ignoring the 'Ping' very irritating!

dtech
dtech in reply to AgedCrone

Whatever you do, don’t respond in any way to emails. Don’t ‘unsubscribe’ as that will make it worse as then they know you are a live email. Just ignore and delete. Or reset your email filter

AgedCrone
AgedCrone in reply to dtech

I'll give it a few days & if they don't lessen,I'll get my tame techie in to put in whatever it takes to get rid!

I've looked at a few solutions but. I don't want to mess up my settings .....which I am quite capable of doing.....& make the situation a whole lot worse!

dtech
dtech in reply to AgedCrone

Lol. I’m the same. If in doubt I wait till the grand kids come round to help😂😂

AgedCrone
AgedCrone in reply to dtech

I don't know what I did but I clicked something in settings – filters clicked on one of the scam messages and they all disappeared.

Maybe my techie put in something I didn't know about . But I am happy they've gone!

Hidden
Hidden in reply to AgedCrone

Download mailwasher it works, I was plagued by spam and it soon stops it, maybe look also at spamcop

AgedCrone
AgedCrone in reply to Hidden

Thanks.....I now have a long list to try...I could end up being so bloomin' technical I cut myself off.

So if I disappear you'll know what's happened!

Hidden
Hidden in reply to AgedCrone

Disappeared into cyberspace

AgedCrone
AgedCrone in reply to dtech

He can't be...I'm an only child!

Spookie.x

That is astonishing ! Especially after GDPR came in in May.

dtech
dtech in reply to medway-lady

GDPR? Don’t make me laugh.🙄. Of course this is a European legislation. Which has cost legitimate businesses (like mine) thousands in time and IT costs. And where do most of these scam emails and phone calls come from? And are they bothered about GDPR? 🙄🙄.

medway-lady
medway-lady in reply to dtech

Exactly ! x its badly thought out , caused loads more work but enforceable against spam ? err no as coming in from abroad. Stupid !!

AgedCrone
AgedCrone in reply to dtech

Exactly!

HappykindaGal
HappykindaGal in reply to dtech

And me. GDPR is a right pain and will do nothing to stop the spam coming from other parts of the world. Lot are avoiding GDPR by rerouting. What a waste of time it was and I hated all the scaremongering tactics.

All these emails started as soon as GDPR came in!

Hidden
Hidden

I ve read couple of interesting books on social media lately: the people vs tech Jamie Bartlett & jaron Lanier ten arguments against social media but hasn’t stopped me coming on here ☺️ It’s all weighing up risks/benefits I guess: I don’t do Facebook and don’t like the idea of Alexa listening in to all that goes on in house. Quote from one of them: if you’re not paying for something then you are the product (or your data is)! X

Each time you go on a website it will ask about cookies, unfortunately not the good ones 😉 🍪, these track the things you look at online and then use the information to give you targeted advertising. You can change the cookie preferences for each website. When you get a junk email you can report it as a phishing scam and your email account should block it or automatically put it in your junk folder.

Not sure about Alexa (bought for us as an unexpected gift) as we only had ours plugged in for a few months and only asked her to tell us jokes, the weather or ask her stupid questions and never found anything untoward.

AgedCrone
AgedCrone in reply to ruth_p

From what I have read of Alexa & similar...they are fine if you love your little techie toys....in my boring little bubble I have nothing to hide.....but the though of having a piece of plastic stuffed with technology I don't understand sitting in my house is just not going to happen!

I'm having enough problems with nutters telling me how to lose weight,win $m, date Russian women & all sorts of unspeakable escapades I have never heard of.

lol x

ruth_p
ruth_p in reply to AgedCrone

😂😂😂

Gnarli
Gnarli in reply to AgedCrone

😂

AgedCrone
AgedCrone in reply to Gnarli

😡😡😡

dtech
dtech in reply to AgedCrone

I like Alexa. It plays music I like. Sets my alarm. Tells me weather forecast. I can tell it to do my shopping list. So I use ours a lot. And it doesn’t argue with me😂😂

Thank you...I don't have Alexa,am not on any social media & delete 100% of emails I'm not sure of.

I close down anything asking to accept cookies........I have deleted every travel app I used to use as they seem major culprits.

It just seems odd that a subject discussed on HU now seems to result in emails advertising cures for that subject......when I have opened one thinking it was something else they all come from the same email address!

One or two I could understand but I have deleted about 10 already this morning & it's only 0732!

I'm wondering if I delete my HU account & start over it will still happen? I guess that wouldn't work.....as they come in to my personal email, and I had to change that a couple of years ago & am still feeling the repercussions!

Ah well...delete,delete,delete!

Can HU not do anything as this is really bad. Surely they can put filters in as I do wonder sometimes if there are a few spam accounts are set up as well to look like real ones. I wonder if some new ones are set up to promote stuff,

Maybe I'll ask Laura at support @ HU?

I really don't know what it is possible to do

Hidden
Hidden

Check out the benefits of a proton mail email account. No big brother.

AgedCrone
AgedCrone in reply to Hidden

What is that?

Hidden
Hidden in reply to AgedCrone

It’s an encrypted free email service.

ProtonMail is incorporated in Switzerland and all our servers are located in Switzerland. This means all user data is protected by strict Swiss privacy laws.

Type it into a search engine and it’ll give you the information and prompts you need to open an account. I also use “my startup page” for internet searches. I get no adverts or spam.

Hope this helps.

Hidden
Hidden in reply to Hidden

Apologies, the secure search engine is called “startpage”

That's s dreadful. We must all learn to be more careful. Thank you

I don't get any emails advertising health products at all, just the usual adverts on websites that are using my cookie trail.

My friend deletes cookies on het tablet everyday, but I'm not sure how to do this.

AgedCrone
AgedCrone in reply to Mmrr

You are lucky.....I'm fed to the teeth with all this Rubbish I receive.

Every now and again (not as often as I should) I delete all the cookies stored, it's a bit of a pain because then if forgets the sites where I've stored my password but I use that as a reminder to change the passwords. It does worry me that if I'm google searching for (say) a new handbag then FB seems to blast me with handbag ads.

AgedCrone
AgedCrone in reply to veg_c2000

Isn't storing your password on your PC a bit dangerous?

If scammers want to, I bet they can access anything they want to know on your computer.

They could already have read this site today!

Better to write your PW 's in the butter dish & store it in the Fridge!

veg_c2000
veg_c2000 in reply to AgedCrone

I've got security and encryption, not to mention brilliant anti-virus and malware. I never connect to unsecured networks (coffee shops, shops/malls, airports). A different password for each account that gets changed every three months (or whenever I forget which is sometime weekly!). One of the best ways to set a password and stops hackers accessing your account/details is to choose a favourite book, that you can keep to hand and use phrases from - for example (and I've just grabbed the nearest book to me, grandson was visiting) "Hey, wake up, Croc! You've overslept - it's ten o'clock!" would turn into password "HwuCy0i10oc!". Also never look at websites that don't have an "s" at the end of the "http" as they are not secure.

My phone on the other hand, I don't trust the security, so don't store passwords for anything which can be a pain but I do use unsecured networks for general browsing if I need to.

Hidden
Hidden

Hi,

I don’t know which operating system you’re using. I was a Mac OSX user, now I only use iOS, as now use an iPad for everything.

I’m going to assume that what I suggest below also exist for Windows.

Firstly, Safari (the web browser for Mac OSX and iOS) has the capability to install what are called extensions. There’s an extension called Ad-Blocker which is free. I can heartily recommend this useful utility, because it will also block Facebook Ads as well - I can’t remember the last time I had an Ad on FB :) So, Google Ad-blocker - I think they do a version for Windows, don’t know about Android mobile systems.

Minty’s suggestion of Mail Washer is worth a look, as long as you’re running those systems. No good to Mac users or iOS.

Check that you’ve set your bowser to “private browsing” or whatever the equivalent is in Windows land.

See if your email software allows you to set rules for acceptable email. You may be able to implement a rule that says “Block everything from “zazzle.com””.

Lastly, I hear your pain, I’m having major issues with my mobile number - the amount of spam calls I’m getting is ridiculous - and all because I used it once on a “Compare” site, here in Australia - never, absolutely never again! Cheers Deb :)

That you for the info.....I use an iPad/Safari..have just gone through settings/preferences/privacy /found Prevent Tracking...so hope that will

Sort at least some of my problems....will look at Google Ad-Blocker.

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