pleasnotify.me is a fairly straightforward Web app: You fill in a quick form with the recipient's address, a task, a due date, and your address.
The email is sent out, and the recipient is supposed to reply by the time the task is done. On the surface, all is well and fine. I mean, it's not the most original application in the history of the universe, but it's okay.
But when you stop and think about it for a minute, it's an incredible way to spam and harass random people. The application basically provides you with a free, open email gateway, which lets you email anyone, anywhere, without verifying your identity in any way. It doesn't even use a CAPTCHA prompt to make sure you're human. In other words, this thing is just waiting for a spam bot to give it (and hapless email users) some abuse.
Adding CAPTCHA would help, sure. But what would really help would be authenticating users, and doing the whole thing over email in the first place. Do that, and you find yourself with Followup.cc which is how this sort of thing should be done in the first place.
Still, it's a nice try, and hopefully could at least be made a tad more secure.Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments