30 November 2006

Return to sender - Address Unknown

No, not the Elvis song, but a way to get around those mandatory registration things on the Internet. Especially useful when you go to a newspaper article and are asked to register before you can access the page.

If you don't really want to divulge your email address, but you do want to read the article, then just use a phony email service similar to 10 Minute Email.

But, there's an even better way. You just enter your bogus info and if the website asks for an email address, simply substitute "user @" in that block. The IP address is used as the loopback address. This means that it is used by the host computer to send a message back to itself. It is commonly used for troubleshooting and network testing. But in this case, the website will only be sending email to itself rather than to you!

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