One of the challenges of having one's email address published online is that you get a lot of spam, and other unpleasant things.
I loathe spam - and get masses of it.
Phishing, in case you didn't know, is more serious though. It is the practice by some of trying to get you to release your passwords by tricking you. Usually the attempts are so poor that even the unsuspecting smell a rat. But some are getting more sophisticated. There must be a dozen phishing attacks in my junk email box every month.
Bacn is a bit different, unlike spam you asked for it: marketing emails from services you signed up to.
Online attacks have happened to us with our twitter accounts - and we changed passwords and processes to try an prevent that from happening again. But it was only one of those 'forward this' type of attacks. Embarassing but not deadly.
I mention this because we did just see something unpleasant pop up in the blog and we've deleted it, but if you did catch it - our apologies, sometimes stuff like that sneaks through the defenses. It is the main reason we no longer permit comments on this site - legitimate comments were overwhelmed by adverts for trainers, diet pills, and other mainstays of internet commerce.
All our clever stuff is kept off the web, or is handled securely by the folks at Inform Holdings.