Whenever I write a column of this sort, I wonder if some of those spammers might just want to make a concerted effort to go after me, just to show â€œthat old so and soâ€ how powerful they really are. But itâ€™s a casual thought, and not an active part of any paranoiac instincts. At least I hope not.
At the same time, I have noticed that the amount of spam that clutters my mailbox these days is less than it used to be, but I donâ€™t think people are less vulnerable. Instead, I believe the steps Iâ€™ve taken have improved the situation over the past few months to a point where the problem has become more and more manageable.
Understand, however, that you donâ€™t want to live under the illusion that itâ€™ll go away, any more than computer viruses (even if they havenâ€™t really hurt the Mac thus far), phishing scams, or even the criminal who wants to hijack your car or break into your home.
You see, itâ€™s a dangerous world out there, but there are some ways you can at least insulate yourself a little from the worst of the online offenders who ache to fill your mailbox with unsavory schemes for home-based businesses, penny stocks, porn, and all the rest. Or even hijack your computer.