Web tips: Carlton's ponderings

By J. Carlton Collins, CPA

Can the spam. Spam persists because it works; thousands of people respond to it. It seems to me that the best way to stop the spammers is for all of us to simply agree to ignore spam. If this premise is correct, the key question is who are these people who continue to respond to spam, and how can we stop them?

Leave this page for good. I've not conducted any scientific research on this matter, but I'm fairly certain that any webpage that displays the following screen on exit (shown below) is a spam/advertisement/hoax page that should always be ignored.  

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J. Carlton Collins (carlton@asaresearch.com) is a technology consultant, a CPE instructor, and a JofA contributing editor. Note: Instructions for Microsoft Office in “Technology Q&A” refer to the 2013, 2010, and 2007 versions, unless otherwise specified.

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