Top Ten Junk Email Do's and Don'ts

Written by Esu Matra

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4. DON'T buy anything from a spammer. Search and find a substitute elsewhere.

5. DO read privacy policies of every site that you give personal information to. These documents are on every responsible organization's website, andrepparttar pages tell you what they will do with your personal information.

6. DO realize that you may have okay'drepparttar 132729 spam - perhaps you provided your email address to a company that stated in its privacy policy that it will provide your information "to affiliated sites"... this means that if they affiliate with 10,000 sites, then you may get 10,000 or more 'opt-in' junk emails. More responible or ethical of companies will let you decide, or inform you of other options. However, as noted atrepparttar 132730 FTC forum and elsewhere, this creates a loophole - claimed by bulk emailers as legal - for using your address for just about any purpose. Millions of people have wanted to win contests or prizes, and given their email addresses, only in many cases to find out that they won a ride onrepparttar 132731 "Wheel of Spam Carousel"

7. DO get a disposable or extra email account to give to "suspicious" sites (even if they have a privacy policy that you like).

8. DON'T get too crazy or upset about all ofrepparttar 132732 junk - you have better uses for your energy and talents! Also, callingrepparttar 132733 spammer-provided toll-free numbers (inrepparttar 132734 U.S. at least) can reveal your telephone number - even if you blockrepparttar 132735 caller id.

9. DO be prepared to spend money, time, or both in order to achieve a slimmer email in-box. There are products and services that can help, some free, but they all take time to understand and use effectively.

10. DO stay informed - technology, laws, and tricks are evolving. Locations of online resources are provided in many places, and there are a continuing stream of articles inrepparttar 132736 news.

Copyright 2003 Esu Matra

For Esu's free ebook excerpt from "Block Junk Email!", a technical and fun document explaining the junk e-mail problem with characters such as "Grandpa Spam" and "Spammi", visit

Here Comes the SPAM...

Written by Irina

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2. Replace your "mailto:" link with an IMAGE of your email address. To see an example go to rafficy/links.html Feel free to examinerepparttar HTML code ofrepparttar 132727 page by right- clicking anywhere inrepparttar 132728 window and then scrolling to "View source" inrepparttar 132729 drop-down menu. Instead of my email address you (and Uncle Spam Bot as well!) will only see a link to "emaddress.gif". In this case additional security brings about some inconvenience -repparttar 132730 address is not "clickable" and thus one has to memorize it or write it down. This slight disadvantage is circumvented inrepparttar 132731 next approach.

3. Replace several REAL characters in your email address with so-called SPECIAL characters. These special characters always begin with "&" and end with ";". Whatever is in between determines howrepparttar 132732 browser will interpret that particular special character. For example, typing "&" "#" "6" "4" ";" (without quotation marks and spaces) is equivalent to usingrepparttar 132733 real character "@".

If you are skeptical that this replacement alone is enough to foolrepparttar 132734 Spam Bot (that, byrepparttar 132735 way, makes two of us) - proceed with replacing other characters in your email address. Here is your cheat-sheet to substitute all vowels: a=#97, e=#101, i=#105, o=#111 and u=#117. Remember to start every special character with "&" and end with ";". You can see how it works by going to

My human visitors can see and click on my email address by using "Click here to get my email address" link. When viewingrepparttar 132736 code ofrepparttar 132737 little window, you will not find repparttar 132738 address in an explicit form - just a long string of special characters with some letters in between. This (hopefully!) is enough to confuse Spam Bots visiting my site.

We will never be able to totally eliminate SPAM that seems to come withrepparttar 132739 cyberspace "territory". Yet I should feel just a little better ifrepparttar 132740 above suggestions at least partially shield your inbox from unwelcome (and often very badly phrased) offers to consolidaterepparttar 132741 debts you don't have or safely enlarge a part of your body that... well, you do not have either.

Copyright (C) by Irina 2003.

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