Saturday, October 15, 2016

How To Stop Spam Mail

Check who it’s from. Spam will almost always come from an

unrecognized sender, often with odd email addresses. That

doesn’t mean that all unrecognized email is spam. Legitimate

newsletters, website administration emails (password resets,

authentication requests, etc.), and more may come from

addresses you don’t recognize.

Don’t give out your email address online. “Robots” (scripts

created to scrape websites for addresses) can quickly gather

thousands of emails at a time from websites where the email

addresses are made public. Also, sometimes humans actually

grab e-mails off websites to use them for sign-up offers in

order to get free stuff (iPods, Ringtones, Televisions,

etc.).

Make your email address unscannable. If you must provide

contact information, try writing it out in creative ways (me

[at] yahoo [dot] com). There are alternative ways of

displaying your e-mail address while making it hard for

spambots to harvest it. Such methods include using image

picture of your e-mail address or using JavaScript to

dynamically construct the display of your email.

If you fancy joining a directory, BBS or social site, you

might want to do a web search of the site for anything

looking like e-mail addresses first. If you find loads of

addresses, then the site is not secure and you should not

give them your information!

If you need to provide an e-mail address to verify an online

account and you do not want them to have your real address,

you can use name@mailinator.com. You do not need to set up

an account at mailinator.com; just check the inbox for

whatever name you chose. Be aware that anybody can see the

email sent to mailinator.com if they can guess what name you

used. Also, mailinator.com only keeps emails for a few hours

and automatically strips any attachments.
Avoid clicking links within Wiki essays. A current spam

attack involves “essay spammers”, where spammers insert

random links to sites related to essay-writing services.

Another spam attack is spambots creating random pages

related to subjects like UGG Boots. These pages also include

random links to other subjects, whether or not they are

related to the subject or even placed in a grammatically

coherent way.

You could alternatively use https://meandmyid.com which

allows you to create infinite, unique, private email

addresses. The emails are forwarded to your personal email

account so remain private but you can block or delete any

addresses which subsequently attract spam.

There are two things you can do to find out if you have a

harvesting problem at your e-mail address or website.

If you have a website, open your Contacts page in a browser

such as Firefox and then examine the page source. This is

usually found under View > Page Source. On the source

window, Press Control-F (find) and enter an @ symbol. Press

enter. Keep pressing F3 (search again) until you've found

all @’s in the code. Make a note of any which look like e-

mail addresses. If any are found, contact your website

maintainer and insist these websites are protected against

spam harvesting.

Search for your email address in Google, or any major search

engine. If you find that the source of a listed page has got

your address on it, contact the owners of all such pages and

get them to remove or protect your address.


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