Everyone who communicates on internet via email has same old problem of SPAM and it’s becoming more apparent that recent unsolicited commercial emails (UCE) laws implemented in US and Europe are not having an impact.
Did you know that over 60% of SPAM is from US? I was quite surprised by this fact.
So how can we combat this problem - I am sure majority of you will have this problem, many of you will be advertising on websites who do not hide your email address, some of you will participate in forums, or have your own website.
Professional spammers use software called “Harvesters” which scans websites and gathers millions of email addresses, that is why it is important that you protect your email address and do not display it on forums, websites or divulge it to websites which do not have a privacy statement.
There are a number of ways where you can protect yourself.
Set up free email accounts
Use an email address from a free email provider, ( Hotmail and Yahoo) that way if spammers do get hold of it you can report it as SPAM and quite easily create a new account. I have a number of email accounts that I use for subscribing to newsletters, emailing friends and family and one for entering competitions etc.
Create an HTML form
Rather than displaying your email address on your website you could instead create a HTML form where email address is hidden and visitors complete form and results are sent to your email address - if any of you need any assistance on setting this up, just drop me an email. If I get a big response I will publish a guide to setting this up in a future issue of newsletter.