I have not seen an increase in spam e-mails. I'd wager that Adobe is good at keeping the user subscription data close to the vest.
While I have MailWasher, it's set to display e-mail headers (so it does not delete something that I really want), and I get to see what's coming into the POP accounts. Even with an e-mail listed in my profile, no increase at all - matter of fact, it might be a bit less than before the Holidays. Man, those 2,000 "snuggie" ads got tiresome!
If you're getting an increase, I suspect that it is from somewhere, other than Adobe.
Since the economic downturn, I've seen a radical increase in spam from China. In the past two week, it's ramped up even more noticably. I don't think it has anything to do with this forum. Curiously, spammers have found ways to bypass ISP spam filters this year, as I wasn't getting much last year, but now I get tons of spam and it's really becoming a problem.
I have had my Internet email address for a few years now. I could probably count the number of spam emails in all that time with both hands.
But lately, I have been getting one or two spams a day, mostly those guys in Nigeria who recently left some untold millions and want my help in depositing it somewhere. I never made the connection with Adobe, but these new forums are the only place I sign on with that email address.
I've been wondering what changed recently that got my email address on a list somewhere. Your intuition may not be far off, Keith.
I have a facility to create aliases for my mailbox. I always create a new alias for every site that requires an e-mail address. That way I know immediately which site let my address loose in the wild.
So far Columbia House is the worst offender. I changed the alias three times and within a month I was being flooded by spam on that alias. Needless to say I no longer accept mail from them.