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Stupid question re: "contact me" on personal website.

 
 
Reply Fri 3 Oct, 2008 05:22 pm
This is probably a really, really stupid question so let me apologize right off the bat. If it wasn't making me scratch my head I'd just forget it.

I have a website for my photography that has a "contact me" page so that people can write for a session, additional information.

Today I get a message from someone that (kinda) says:

From: nunu
At: [email protected]
Text: nunu-nunu

I am really puzzled about why someone would take the time to do that.

The site that I use forwards all of the messages to my personal email. Is there some way that someone could get my personal email info from writing to me from there? Or what?

It was just kind of creepy.

Thanks!
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Fri 3 Oct, 2008 05:38 pm
@boomerang,
Highly doubtful if you simply delete it without opening.

(I am not an expert, as you know...)
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sozobe
 
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Reply Fri 3 Oct, 2008 06:50 pm
@boomerang,
I think it's just spam... maybe a bot or something.

If there are any links, don't click on 'em. If there are any attachments, don't open 'em.

Other than that I don't THINK you have a lot to worry about... but I'll defer to experts there.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Fri 3 Oct, 2008 07:02 pm
Okay then. I'll quit worrying about it until I hear any different.

There weren't any links or anything. It was just so weird.

I haven't been promoting my work much lately because things have been a little nutty in other areas that required attention. Mo's class requested a baby photo for something recently and the photo I sent of Mo did attract quite a bit of unexpected attention. The odd message today just had kind of a yuck factor that I don't normally deal with in similar correspondance.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Fri 3 Oct, 2008 07:34 pm
@boomerang,
If the contact us page uses a form that is submitted to send the email it's probably a bot probing the forms to find ones that can be exploited to send spam.
boomerang
 
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Reply Fri 3 Oct, 2008 07:53 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Okay.

How to I prevent being exploited?
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Fri 3 Oct, 2008 08:02 pm
@boomerang,
Correct me if I'm wrong, but unless you coded the form I don't think you'd understand what I would tell you.

For example, here's one guy's solution to mail header injection exploits:

http://www.alt-php-faq.org/local/115/
boomerang
 
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Reply Fri 3 Oct, 2008 08:09 pm
@Robert Gentel,
No. Sad to say but you are right. I am totally not going to get it.

I guess I'll just cross my fingers, throw the salt over my shoulder and hold my dominion.
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Fri 3 Oct, 2008 08:18 pm
@boomerang,
Well I presume someone else (mo' geeky) is responsible for your website right?
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