= > : : Has anyone dealt with the possibility of e-mail forgery in Netscape? If
= > : : you change your e-mail name and address to someone else's, the system
= > : : will accept it and send the message. We are very concerned about this and
= > : : would like feedback from anyone regarding solutions, opinions, tips or
= > : : whatever.
= > I am not sure why you are worried about netscape. There are
= > other ways to send fakemail too. Look at telnet!.
= I agree that the problem is not new, but if you compare
= (A) the number of people using Netscape and having competence
= enough to fill in a preferences form with false name and
= e-mail address and another form with the e-mail contents
= (B) the number of people having knowledge about RFC 822 and the
= SMTP protocol and competence enough to use Telnet to send
= an authentic-looking e-mail
= you must admit that (A) is far more numerous than (B). So, the
= problem is not new, but Netscape has made it worse.
What about Eudora, NewsWatcher, or any number of Mac- and PC-based
mail and news applications??? ALL of them allow you to easily forge
your identity by filling out a simple preference box.
The problem is not at all new with Netscape. And, although Netscape
does have news and mail capabilities, I don't think either of those are
being used any more than all the POP and NNTP clients out there.
And the last time I checked, Eudora even says in its documentation that
no pretense has been made to verify the sender's e-mail address and
there probably never will be.
The problem is not new at all. The only thing about Netscape is that
this particular application brought up this particular "bug" at this
particular time when everyone is catching net fever.
Besides, it's a trivial matter to put a bad return address on a paper
envelope, and the US Post Office will still deliver it and make it look
just as official as an envelope with a good return address. So, what's
the fuss? Sending mail in another person's name has always been
trivially easy. Sometimes, this is even considered GOOD (what about
secretaries sending mail in their bosses' names??)!!! Why the sudden
paranoia? Just because it's electrons instead of ink?? Why should
verification of e-mail be any more stringent than the verification of
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