Unsubscribing from lists

Written by Richard Lowe

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If you send an email to unsubscribe from a list and it doesn't work, you may have subscribed under a different email address. Take a look atrepparttar message fromrepparttar 109666 list to see were it was sent. If it was sent to another email address (lots of people have more than one) you may have to send a blank email from that address to unsubscribe.

Egroups - This has merged with Yahoo groups. See that section for more information.

Listbot - Listbot is no more. It has been shut down.

Onelist - This has merged with Yahoo groups. See that section for more information.

Smartgroups - To remove yourself from one of these lists, simply send an email to groupname-unsubscribe@smartgroups.com. Groupname isrepparttar 109667 name ofrepparttar 109668 smartgroup. You can also log in and unsubscribe (or change your email settings) fromrepparttar 109669 web.

Topica - To unsubscribe from a Topica email list, scroll down torepparttar 109670 bottom ofrepparttar 109671 email. Simply clickrepparttar 109672 unsubscribe list. Alternately, you can send an email torepparttar 109673 specified address. It does not matter whatrepparttar 109674 email contains. Do not reply torepparttar 109675 message that you received, as this will simply go torepparttar 109676 person who posted and will NOT unsubscribe you.

Various message boards - The unsubscribe function varies, but is virtually always explained atrepparttar 109677 bottom ofrepparttar 109678 message. I've found that most message boards use a clickable link (this is because they are frequently installed on web sites which do not allow for returned email messages). Sometimes message boards require you to log in and change your settings to stop receiving emails.

Yahoo Groups - Unsubscribing from egroups is easy, butrepparttar 109679 instructions are often hidden or missing entirely. This seems to be especially true ofrepparttar 109680 digest form of lists. To unsubscribe, simply takerepparttar 109681 name ofrepparttar 109682 egroup (usually inrepparttar 109683 subject surrounded by square brackets) and create an email address of that name followed by "-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com". For example, to unsubscribe from "[toms-list]" send an email to "toms-list-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com".

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Sins Of The Internet: Email Spiders

Written by Richard Lowe

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One ofrepparttar more popular email harvester programs is called EmailSiphon (a product known as Sonic). The web site which promotes this garbage hasrepparttar 109665 following to say:

"First of its kind onrepparttar 109666 market, Sonic helps you extract highly targeted email addresses from World Wide Web pages. Earthonline Internet marketing expertise has enabled us to program a powerful, yet sensible product that allows for proven focused lead harvesting. Therefore, Sonic with its search engine ability and single domain capability is only second in World Wide Web extraction to Earthonline Nitro."

Obviously these scumbags think they are doing a great service torepparttar 109667 world by providingrepparttar 109668 opportunity to scan thousands of sites per day for email addresses.

Okay, so what can you do?

Ask them politely - With most "good" spiders, this is very easy to do. You simply create a robots.txt file or userepparttar 109669 robots metatag (if you don't know what those are, don't worry about it). Unfortunately, email harvesters are written by and used by scum, so they typically ignore polite requests.

Block them - On some web servers this is possible using special commands in a file called htaccess (again, don't worry about it if you don't know what that is), but only with those robots that clearly identify themselves. For those that don't tell you who they are (and some of them do not), then you cannot block them. In addition,repparttar 109670 web host has to be specially set up to allow you to do this - and most, in my experience, are not.

Confuse them - Some webmasters create page after page of fake email addresses. These pages are not intended for people or good spiders (the robots metatag is used to keeprepparttar 109671 good one's out) but rather are made attractive to email harvesters. The theory is simple -repparttar 109672 harvesters will not be able to resistrepparttar 109673 temptation (they are not very bright, as programs go) and will scan these pages. They will grab dozens, hundreds and then thousands of fake addresses, thus wastingrepparttar 109674 spammers time and possibly causing their programs to crash.

Does this work? Sure - occasionally, but it also does not preventrepparttar 109675 spammers from getting your other email addresses, and it still chews up resources (web servers and bandwidth) sending useless messages all overrepparttar 109676 internet.

Cloak your email addresses - One thing you can do that is fairly effective is to make your email addresses look like something else. Some people create a graphic image withrepparttar 109677 email address in it (not a great solution as it meansrepparttar 109678 email address must be retyped by your visitors). Others use JavaScript to makerepparttar 109679 email address look like code. These solutions work (usually), but they make it difficult to maintain your site and often make it more difficult for your visitors. In addition, presumablyrepparttar 109680 spam harvesters will eventually catch on and make their programs smarter.

Strip your site of email addresses - The only solution that works forrepparttar 109681 present time is to remove all email addresses from all of your web pages. If you need to get your visitors to send you information, then use a form (these cannot be harvested by spammers as long asrepparttar 109682 email address is not part ofrepparttar 109683 form itself - Bravenet is a good service to use for this purpose). If you don't put your email addresses directly on your site, thenrepparttar 109684 spammers cannot get it using their harvesters.

So there you have it. I hope this is of use to you in fighting this internet evil known as email harvesting.

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