Anti-Phishing Bill Introduced To Congress

Written by Richard A. Chapo

Sen. Partick J. Leahy has introducedrepparttar Anti-Phishing Act of 2005 to Congress for consideration. The Act would allow federal prosecutors to seek fines of up to $250,000 and prison sentences of up to five years against individuals convicted for promoting phishing scams. Online parody and political speech sites would be excluded from prosecution.

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Combating SPAM

Written by Darren Cronian

Everyone who communicates onrepparttar internet via email hasrepparttar 105886 same old problem of SPAM and it’s becoming more apparent thatrepparttar 105887 recent unsolicited commercial emails (UCE) laws implemented inrepparttar 105888 US and Europe are not having an impact.

Did you know that over 60% of SPAM is fromrepparttar 105889 US? I was quite surprised by this fact.

So how can we combat this problem - I am surerepparttar 105890 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 whererepparttar 105891 email address is hidden and visitors completerepparttar 105892 form andrepparttar 105893 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 ofrepparttar 105894 newsletter.

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