Error in Netopia Router Outbound Filter Set
I had configured a Netopia R5300 router to block outgoing connections
port 25, i.e. to block outgoing email traffic, except from two designated
email servers, yet other systems on the
were also able to
connect to the SMTP
(port 25) on systems outside the LAN. After checking the outbound filters
(firewall rules), I finally realized I had incorrectly specified
0.0.0.0 for the subnet mask in rules rather than 255.255.255.255.
Opting Out of Credit Card Offers
It seems most weeks I receive several credit card offers in the mail. Since
there are recycle bins in my community for paper, as well as cans and some
types of plastic, I usually shred them and put the pieces in a box to be taken
to the recycle bins with other items. But, since an offer I received
yesterday had the following opt-out notice on the back of it, I decided it
was time to opt out.
PRESCREEN & OPT-OUT NOTICE: This "prescreened" offer of credit is
based on information in your credit report indicating that you meet
certain criteria. This offer is not guaranteed if you do not meet our
criteria. If you do not want to receive prescreened offers of credit
from this or other companies, call toll free 1 (888) 567-8688; or write:
Experian Consumer Opt Out, P.O. Box 919, Allen, TX 75013; Equifax Options,
P.O. Box 740123, Atlanta, GA 30374-0123; TransUnion Opt Out Request,
P.O. Box 505, Woodlyn, PA 19094-0505.
I called the opt-out number, 1-888-567-8688. I was informed it was
the consumer credit reporting industry opt-in and opt-out number, which
allows you to add or remove your name from "receiving firm offers of
credit or insurance based on your credit report" with the following
credit reporting services:
You can choose to add your name, i.e. opt-in, to such offers, remove your
name for 5 years, or remove your name permanently. If you try to remove
your name permanently, you will be informed that you have to complete
a form you will be sent, so I chose to remove my name for 5 years.
You will be asked to confirm your phone number, name and address and provide
your Social Security Number (SSN) and date of birth. The whole process is
handled by an automated system and it only took me a couple of minutes
to complete it.
When I completed the process, I was informed that my removal request
would be completed within 5 business days, but that I might continue to
receive offers for several months from companies to which my information
had already been provided and that I might also receive offers from
companies that had obtained my information by other means. Hopefully,
though, I will see a substantial diminution of the daily deluge of junk
mail we receive at my house.