Any Other Ways To Avoid Spam?
The best way to avoid spam
is to make sure that no one but people on your "white
list" has your email address. Your "white list" are the people
that you want to hear from such as your family, friends, collegues, busniess
contacts, etc. Make sure that the people on your "white list' aren't the
type to give out their contact email addresses to solicitors.
- Never enter your email
address in an online form if you have any doubts about its legitimacy.
- Never sign up for mailing
lists or opt-in lists with your real email address. Even if these mailing
lists are legitimate, they are juicy targets for spammers.
- Never give out your email
address in any manner to people you don't know or trust. If you're in a bind,
give out a disposable or fake email address instead.
If You Run a Website:
not list your email address anywhere on the page in a "mailto:"
link as spam software is designed to look for these addresses.
- If you need to provide
a contact email address, create an email account that you will expect to receive
spam to, and list that one.
called Escrambler that
you can add to your pages to generate a mailto: on the fly (invisible to spiders).
- Be careful when adding
form mailer scripts to your pages as they often have security holes that can
allow spammers to find the recipient email address. Some of these scripts
such as earlier versions of formmail.pl have security holes that allow spammers
to change the destination email address and send out spam using your online
form script and mail server.
- Create an email
trap to snare spammer's spider software. To do this, simple create
an email account such as "firstname.lastname@example.org"
and add a "mailto:"
link to it somewhere in your webpage. When a spider encounters this "mailto:"
it will record and later attempt to send spam to it. Since you are expecting
nothing but spam to this email account, simply route anything you receive
directly to the garbage.
spider poison to trap a spider on your
page, making it useless and unable
to report back. This poisoning technique will only work
with simpleminded spiders. Add a link on your page back
to itself. Since spiders follow all links found on the pages
it searches, it will hit this link and go into an infinite
loop - continuously returning to your page.
- Use Spam
Vaccine over your entire site. It will encode any email addresses it finds
and protect them from spiders.