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Google Page Creator = GMail Spam

March 30th, 2006

Turns out I was right. Google Page Creator, as I predicted, generates spam to your GMail account. Not intentionally on the part of Google, of course. But when you get a Google Page Creator account, it is based on your GMail account, and so the address of your GPC web site mirrors your GMail address. My prediction was that spammers would easily be able to spambot the googlepages.com domain and harvest the GMail addresses of all the members.

And so it has come to pass. My original GMail account has been active for 1 year and 9 months, and I get very little spam–two or three every week get through to my spam folder, and it took more than a year before those started showing up. The junk GMail address I created for the GPC account, on the other hand, has been active only a week, and yet already 15 spam emails have penetrated Google’s spam filters to show up in the account–and a few even got into my InBox, though most stayed in the spam folder.

No need to inform Google–there are already discussion topics about it and people have complained, so Google knows already. They simply haven’t fixed it yet. In the meantime, I am quite glad that I caught that before publishing under my original account, and used the junk account instead.

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