Winning the War On Spam

For years I failed to fear a lot about junk mail.

But recently it’s got out of manage. Over half of my e mail
is now spam, and it turned into developing by the week – until I took

This article indicates you a few techniques for winning the conflict
on spam.


How Do They Get Your Address?


In the antique days, spammers got their addresses specifically from
Newsgroups – in case you failed to put up to Newsgroups, you were
reasonably safe. But they may be now the use of a far extra
green approach to construct their lists – electronic mail harvesters.

Email harvesters are robots that roam the Internet
amassing email addresses from web pages. Examples are
EmailSiphon, Cherry Picker, Web Weasel, Web Bandit and
Email Wolf, to call only some.

How are you able to shield yourself from e-mail harvesters?

By ‘munging’ (mung = ‘mash till no true’) or cloaking your
e-mail cope with.

There are many methods of munging your deal with – the very best
approach is to apply ASCII code for the punctuation on your
e mail cope with (as opposed to symbols).

For the colon after mailto use : and for the @ image
use @ and for the length use . . With this method,
your email deal with might turn out to be:


but it will show as:


Your e-mail cope with will seem exactly as it did earlier than,
and it’s going to nevertheless be ‘clickable’, however e-mail harvesters will
ignore it and move on.

There are also JavaScript’s that you may insert into your
internet web page so that it will make your e mail deal with visible to
human beings but invisible to harvesting programs. Here’s one
that works thoroughly:


How To Fight Spam


The most essential component is by no means, ever, reply to junk mail.

Most junk mail incorporates an harmless-looking ‘get rid of me’ e-mail
deal with. Do no longer use it. Here’s why:

Spammers commonly purchase a CD containing 1,000,000 or so
electronic mail addresses, however they don’t have any idea how lots of the ones
addresses are lively. So earlier than starting their advertising
marketing campaign in earnest, they send out a ‘test message’ to the
entire listing.

The take a look at message incorporates an e mail cope with for casting off
your self. When you respond to that deal with, it confirms to
the spammer that your address is active and therefore worth

Worse nonetheless, the spammer can be distilling from that CD a
list of confirmed energetic addresses that he will then promote
to some other spammer.

The key to managing unsolicited mail is to record it to a third
birthday party: (1) the affiliate application that the spammer is
advertising, (2) the spammer’s web host, or (three) the ISP the
spammer used to connect to the Internet.

When you document unsolicited mail to a third party, recollect to be polite
– they didn’t ship the junk mail and they’re probable simply as
anti-unsolicited mail as you’re.

(1) Reporting to Affiliate Programs

Many spammers are associates advertising a person else’s
products or services. So look for a internet site cope with that
contains an associate hyperlink, something like this:

Then just ship an e mail to the associate program
(abuse@affiliateprogramdomain.Com), informing them which you
are receiving unsolicited mail from considered one of their associates.

Most associate programs have 0 tolerance for spamming
and could dispose of an associate spammer without caution.

Now, affiliate spammers don’t want you to peer their
associate link, so many of them ship their email as HTML.
All you notice inside the message are the words ‘Click Here and
Order Now’.

But on your browser just click on ‘View Source Code’ and
search for the letters ‘http’. That will take you to the
spammer’s associate link.

(2) Reporting to Web Hosts

If the spam doesn’t contain an affiliate hyperlink, it is probably
that it’s miles coming from the proprietor of the domain call. In
that case you may need to report it to the spammer’s net
host or their ISP.

To make a record to the spammer’s net host simply visit
Whois, the directory of registered domains:

Type within the spammer’s area (the website address that
seems within the unsolicited mail) collectively with the extension (.Com,
.Org, .Internet and so on).

The host for that domain will typically be listed as the
Technical Contact in the Whois record and there could be an
electronic mail address for contacting them.

(3) Reporting to ISPs

To file a spammer to his Internet Service Provider,
you may must observe the spam’s ‘prolonged headers’.

Extended headers show the servers that the message exceeded
through if you want to get to you. The commands for
viewing prolonged headers will range relying on what e mail
client you’re the use of.

=> In Pegasus Mail, open the offending message after which

right-click on and choose ‘Show uncooked message data’.

=> In Eudora Light, click on ‘Tools’ within the top menu

bar, after which ‘Options’, and then choose the

checkbox alternative that announces ‘Show all headers (even

the unpleasant ones)’ and click on OK.

=> In Outlook Express, open the offending message,

pick out ‘Properties’ from the File menu after which

click on the ‘Details’ tab.