Thursday, July 27, 2006

Spambusting Tips

Here are two top spam-busting tips. Simple ways you can reduce the amount of spam you receive in your e-mail inbox.

1. Don't place your email address in plain text on your webpage.
Spammers send out 'spiders' to crawl the web looking for user@domain.tld addresses. When they find them, they'll send them a mail.

This may be hard as you want your customers to contact you. This can be done with the addition of a simple php or cgi script on your website, so your e-mail address is not displayed online.

You may also consider integrating a 'live help' or online support ticket system onto your website. This offers the functionality of e-mail in a more controlled environment.

2. Be careful who you give your address to.
Most of the time you will skip through the terms when you register at a website, but you could be agreeing to receive messages from the sites partners.

It is important to read what you are signing up to.

You may want to consider using a disposable e-mail address for registering at websites, for example an
@spambob.com email address.

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