Monthly Archives: July 2008

iStockPhoto Sells Your E-mail Address

Update: I don’t know what to think of this. Only iStockPhoto should know of this alias, yet the comments assure me it isn’t iStockPhoto. Make of it what you will.

Yahoo! Mail has this great feature, where you can set up “alias” e-mail addresses that protect your main one. Any mail coming from that address can get redirected to a specific folder. These aliases can be generated and deleted very quickly. Extremely convenient.

Especially when you’re dealing with the likes of iStockPhoto. Now, mind you, I didn’t have anything against them beforehand. I think they’ve really got something good going, where independent artists can sell their work online on a professional website.

Unfortunately iStockPhoto’s professionalism just dropped a notch. A few years later after signing up for a newsletter with NO third-party involvement whatsoever, and I’m getting spam in that special iStockPhoto folder.

So, whatever you do, don’t give your e-mail address to iStockPhoto. If you need real proof I can send a screenshot, or you can test your luck yourself on their mailing lists. (Not that you could tell the difference, of course, with the bucket-loads of spam wasted on spam filters every day…)