How To Avoid Spam Robots

Written by Jim Edwards

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** Use An Email Form **

Another way to cut down on spam originating from your own website is simply not to display an email at all.

Instead, allow customers and prospects to contact you through a form where they fill in fields, click a button, and your website emails you their message.

A note of caution: make surerepparttar form script you use does not keep your email address visible inrepparttar 142460 form code.

Ifrepparttar 142461 form code containsrepparttar 142462 email address, spam robots can find it even though you don't see it onrepparttar 142463 page.

** Make It Hard To Guess **

Sometimes you'll get unsolicited email because a spammer guessed your email address.

It's not a far stretch to imagine that someone probably hasrepparttar 142464 email, so spammers will do a "dictionary" attack on common usernames.

One way to defeat this is to place a "dot" (.) in your email address, such as The dot makes it virtually impossible for spammers to guess your email address.

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Phishing, Fraudulent and Malicious Websites

Written by Alexandra Gamanenko

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As soon as these details have been entered, an error page appears; it tellsrepparttar user thatrepparttar 140624 transaction has been unsuccessful, and offers instructions on how to pay forrepparttar 140625 ticket by postal money order. Sorepparttar 140626 user may well be fooled twice. He loses his credit card details, putting them right intorepparttar 140627 hands of cyber-crooks, and then loses money, if decides to buyrepparttar 140628 ticket by money order.

Of course, these sites have already been disabled, but who knows whether (or better to say when) other ones will appear again, this time offering all kinds of products.

Malicious websites are especially dangerous. Cybercriminals create them exclusively to execute malicious code onrepparttar 140629 visitors' computers. Sometimes hackers infect legitimate sites with malicious code.

Bad news for blog readers: blogs can be contaminated, too. Since January, Websense Security Labs has discovered hundreds of these "toxic" blogs set by hackers.

When unsuspecting users visit malicious sites, various nasty applications are downloaded and executed on their computers. Unfortunately, more and more often these applications contain keyloggers--software programs for intercepting data.

Keyloggers, as it is clear fromrepparttar 140630 name ofrepparttar 140631 program, log keystrokes --but that's not all. They capture everythingrepparttar 140632 user is doing -- keystrokes, mouse clicks, files opened and closed, sites visited. A little more sophisticated programs of this kind also capture text from windows and make screenshots (record everything displayed onrepparttar 140633 screen) - sorepparttar 140634 information is captured even ifrepparttar 140635 user doesn't type anything, just opensrepparttar 140636 viewsrepparttar 140637 file.

In February and March 2005, Websense Security Labs researched and identified about 8-10 new keylogger variants and more than 100 malicious websites which are hosting these keyloggers EACH WEEK. From November of 2004 through December 2004 these figures were much smaller: 1-2 new keylogger variants and 10-15 new malicious websites per week. There is by all means a disturbing tendency--the number of brand-new keyloggers and malicious website is growing, and growing rapidly.

What a user can do to avoid these sites?

As for phishing,repparttar 140638 best advice is not to click any links in any email, especially if it claims to be from a bank.

Opening an attachment of a spam message can also triggerrepparttar 140639 execution of malicious program, for example a keylogger or a keylogger-containing Trojan horse.

As for fraudulent websites, maybe buying goods only from trusted vendors will help -- even if it is a bit more expensive.

As for malicious websites... "Malicious websites that host adult entertainment and shopping content can exploit Internet Explorer vulnerabilities to run code remotely without user interaction."(a quote from Websense's report). What can a user do about it? Not much, but avoiding adult sites and buying only from known and trusted online stores will reducerepparttar 140640 risk.

Hackers also attract traffic to malicious websites by sending a link through spam or spim (the analog of spam for instant messaging (IM). So a good advice never follow links in spam is worth remembering once more.

Alexandra Gamanenko currently works at Raytown Corporation, LLC -- an independent software developing company that provides various solutions for information security.

Learn more -- visit the company's website

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