It is a common thing these days, someone has a big list of friends in his email address book AND he has earned the appellation – "finder of cool things online". So he finds a funny joke, a meaningful self help item, a patriotic call to arms or (heaven forbid) some propaganda for his chosen religion.
That's just the beginning – it doesn't even take into account friends of friends passing it along further!!
Hackers harvest address books on unsecured computers!
I believe two things to be trueOne last time - spam is spam is spam, whether it's friend spam or for Viagra, or from out of the blue, it's still spam. If your friends get ticked off at your attempts to secure your privacy - ask yourself; "how good a friend is he or she?"
1. Most of the perpetrators of friend spam and chain email are unaware of the potential harm to their friends. Excluding cases of obnoxious self promotion, it is usually an innocent act, and not considered by them as spam.
2. Most recipients are totally oblivious of the huge breach of their privacy!
Bot Nets – Check this Wikipedia article while thinking of how many computers your personal or business email address is on right now!
RESPECT YOUR FRIENDS - A GOLDEN RULE:
As invisible email addresses can't be harvested, it's good advice to have the email addresses of recipients of jokes & the like on BCC.
If forwarded from somebody else remove from the email's body all the email addresses inserted by the previous sender.
RE: Swine Flu: Viruses on Facebook are spread by close personal contact between people - just like in the real world....Friend Spam!If I were an evil genius, I would devise a way to get people to spread my spyware to all their friends, who would spread it to all their friends, who would spread it to all their friends, etc, etc, ad infinitum.
Then I would sell all the personal information the unwary have given me - to anyone, for a price. Perfect idea! No product, no shipping - all profit!
When you click "I agree to share my private information", you give them the legal right to stage a panty raid on your computer - it unleashes a malware Downloader that continues to download and install whatever malware they want, even if you leave the page. Get the picture?
Cover your mouth when you sneeze and don't send your friends a free dose of spyware!!