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Web Stalkers
Chapter 13 - Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam

Spam Best Practices

Refusing to supply an e-mail address may reduce incidents of spam, but it also greatly limits the effectiveness of having e-mail. Some e-mail addresses are more likely to be targeted by spammers, especially those handled by large national service providers. 

Though spam may never be completely eliminated, there are several ways to reduce the quantity.

  • Do not reply. - Replying to a spam e-mail message verifies for the sender of the spam that the e-mail address is valid.  The end result of that validation is more spam.  Sometimes a link is included in the message that reads, “Click to be removed from the mailing list”.  Clicking on the link will also confirm that the target address is valid and will again result in more spam.  The best response to spam is to simply delete the message.
     

  • Do not provide e-mail addresses to companies. - When registering new purchases or submitting warranty information, do not supply an e-mail address.  Provide a phone number and street address so that should a problem or recall arise, contact can be made via postal mail.
     

  • Hide addresses from computers. - When posting to Internet forums, such as Usenets or Weblogs, make use of an alternate email address or make sure the primary address is not machine readable.  Computer programs designed to scan web pages for e-mail addresses will not recognize an address written in a non-traditional format.  For example, rather than providing the address webstalkers@gmail.com, use the alternate syntax, webstalkers AT gmail DOT com. This effectively communicates the e-mail address but will not be recognized as such by another machine.


The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert
 

http://www.rampant-books.com/book_2004_2_stalkers.htm


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