Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 13 - 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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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