Sometime within the last few weeks, I was trolling the web and one of the websites I went to had an ad for some online dating garbage. Of course I did not click on it, but the graphics stuck in my mind and memory.
Since then, I have recieved at least one spam email from a dating service that (if memory serves) was the ad I saw. I suspect that somehow, they were able to query my computer to see my identity and email address. I thought I had things pretty secure, but am now slightly concerned that I may have some openings I do not want (if a website can get my email address, what else can they get?). I did not click on anything that should have given permission and I never autofill fields on forms/sites that I do not frequent.
Since then (I am running 9.2.2 BTW), I have changed my settings in Location Manager to use Internet Settings that have no real name and valid email address when I am generic surfing (changing my location and internet settings back to my ISP stuff to login to my email when I want to check that. Whenever I go online, I always turn off file sharing anyways, so I doubt that was the problem.
So, how could they have gotten my email address?
Am I now safer having altered my Internet settings?
What else could I do to protect myself from spammers seeking my identity?
I have also started being more diligent on my cookies.