[arch-general] Robson Peixoto invited you to Dropbox

Peter Lewis plewis at aur.archlinux.org
Mon Jan 24 05:36:51 EST 2011

On Monday 24 January 2011 10:19:02 Ng Oon-Ee wrote:
> On Mon, 2011-01-24 at 10:12 +0000, Peter Lewis wrote:
> > <dropbox email invitation>
> > 
> > On Monday 24 January 2011 10:06:18 Ray Rashif wrote:
> > > Guys..I don't think anyone has to tell you this but such invites are
> > > _always_ unintended. E-mail services have a bad tendency to
> > > automatically insert contacts into your friends' list, mailing list or
> > > not. So please, ignore e-mails like this and keep them reply-free in
> > > the future, so that they may just annoy people _once_.
> > 
> > Call me a noob, but I don't understand why these emails get sent. I've
> > seen a few of them around on email lists. It seems to be that either
> > someone uploads their entire addressbook to a random website (doesn't
> > seem like a clever idea) or else gives the website their email password
> > (very bad idea).
> > 
> > What gives?
> Plenty of the more 'social'-orientated websites are linked in to the
> popular free emails (gmail especially). You don't give your password to
> the website itself, it just asks for permission to do something with
> your contact list (normally spam an invite to itself to everyone there).
> As I understand it, the website never even sees your addressbook, just
> uses the google-created api to send an email to everyone in it.

Ah, I see. Not using any webmail system I suppose I've never encountered this. 
I tend to think at least twice before letting something connect to my twitter 
account! ;-)



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