Email Anti-SPAM News, Help & Advice.

Fed up of receiving SPAM, viruses, scams and phishing schemes via email?? We were - so here are some useful news articles, hints and tips to keep informed and reduce the problem!

June 20, 2004

Problems with MAILTO links

Mailto links are clickable hyperlinks on web pages. When you click on them they open the viewers email program and automatically create a new email message to the email address specified.

Historically they were a very easy (and popular) way to let people get in contact with the web site owner. The problem is spammers have setup systems (often known as 'spambots') to 'harvest' web sites looking for these email addresses.

They love doing this it is easy to do and mailto links are very likely to be valid email addresses!

If you run a web site you are better using either (or both) of:

1. a contact form (ensuring the email address is encoded in the script itself and not the HTML code) - not only does this hide your email address but also has the benefit that you can prompt (or require) certain information.

2. a non-hyperlinked graphic representing the email address - a 'human' will still be able to view it but it is much harder for an automated system to get the email address! It has the disadvantage that the human has to manually type it - but will save you loads of spam.

3. obfuscate your email address - for instance: you (at) your-domain-name (dot) com - not as good looking as using a 'graphic' of the email address - but easier / quicker (if a little lazy!).

June 18, 2004

Keep up-to-date

Bookmark this site and revisit frequently - we regularly post updates and new ideas for reducing spam.

Lastly, if you find it useful, remember to pass this site on to your friends and colleagues so hopefully they can benefit from some of the information here!

June 17, 2004

Check web site privacy policy

When signing up with an online service or web site be careful to carefully read their email / privacy policy - some companies will 'share' or 'sell' your email address to others unless you specifically opt-out.

Another reason Setup a second email address!

June 12, 2004

How much email is spam?

Recent figures vary but most ISP's calculate that spam accounts for between 50-80% of all email messages sent over the Internet.

However, all ISP's agree that it is increasing rapidly!

June 11, 2004

Setup a second email address

It is a good idea to setup a second 'disposable' email address that you can use on web sites that you do not trust or on message boards, newsgroups, forums and mailing lists.

All these could end up with your email address being more 'public' than you would like it - so use an email address you could 'lose' if you ended up receiving spam.