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…)

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  • Simon Moran  On July 8, 2008 at 4:39 am

    Hi Jacob,

    iStock doesn’t spam or sell email addresses. They will send occasional partner emails out for tie in promotions etc. If you don’t wish to receive these you just have to turn them off in the control panel.

    In the control panel under “Notifications” are 4 check boxes:

    X E-mail Newsletter
    X E-mail Weekly Tips
    X E-mail Partner News
    X Marketing Offers

    Also keep in mind that spammers do ‘guess’ at email addresses and use random recipient names to try to get to real people. It’s very easy for them to fire off emails to 500 different names @ an address to try and get through.

    Please be assured by me that iStock will never sell emails or spam it’s users.

    Simon Moran
    Photography Director
    iStock International Inc.

  • heinrichvolschenk  On August 31, 2008 at 7:45 am

    Hi Jacob,

    I’ve never experienced this. In the year I’ve been on iStockphoto, I have not received a single spam mail. Are you sure the cause is iStock?

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