Your Internet Consultant - The FAQs of Life Online
Note: Services through which users send anonymous e-mail
and Usenet postings--and the people who use them--are extremely disliked in
some circles. Critics say that anonymous remailers are used to distribute child
pornography, harass innocent people with impunity, and lots of other nasty
things. Maybe so, but it's clear that anonymous remailers are here to stay.
It doesn't take much programming savvy to set up a remailer for the public. In
fact, many remailers have been run out of student accounts without the
knowledge or permission of the system administrators. (That's one reason that
the Internet's anonymity services are notoriously unstable.)
Dozens of remailers have come and gone over time. Whenever one goes away for
some reason, another one pops up somewhere. You don't have to like them, but
you do have to get used to them.
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