Theft of Services

Written by Bob Osgoodby

Spammers will use many tricks in their effort to "ply their wares". One ofrepparttar most common is to use someone else's email address as their return address. Another is to link to images contained in their email, which are on your web site, illegally using your bandwidth.

Using a stolen email address as their return address, is becoming quite common, as some Internet Service Providers are checking to ensure thatrepparttar 132796 sending address is valid before relayingrepparttar 132797 message. They have started doing this due torepparttar 132798 "raft of complaints" received about mail going out with a phony return address.

The consequences of this can be quite far reaching forrepparttar 132799 person whose address has been stolen. This happened to me late last year. It was a porno ad that was sent out bearing my return address. I got over 7,000 requests to remove their name from my mailing list in a 3 day period. Many were quite nasty, threatening all sorts of things. I called "At Home", who provides my cable service, to see if there was anything I could do about it. Their advice was to use a different email address.

Fortunately it was an address that I don't use for business, and if it was, it would have been far more serious. The real problem here is not that your ISP will shut you down for spamming, as it is fairly simple to find out that you didn't send it, regardless ofrepparttar 132800 return address.

There are three potential problems however, that you may have to deal with.

The first isrepparttar 132801 number of "bounces" (bad email addresses that cannot be delivered). Many ISP's program their servers to shut down an email account that is getting a large number of bounces, as it is one ofrepparttar 132802 symptoms of a denial of service attack. If your bounces exceed a certain number - usually around 500, your web server may automatically go into a "self protect" mode and shut down your email address.

If you start receiving many bounce notifications, immediately notify your ISP ofrepparttar 132803 problem, telling them that someone has illegally used your return address. If it was an email address that you use for business,repparttar 132804 bad press that you get can be devastating. You should write a short email explaining what had happened, and send it to everyone who sends you a complaint. While this sounds like a Herculean Task if you are getting thousands, you can use an email package such as Eudora to do this automatically. You can down load this software from our web site at:

Spamming The Internet ...Are YOU the next Vicitim?

Written by Debbie Solomon

When you hearrepparttar word SPAM, what comes to your mind? Isrepparttar 132794 term worse thenrepparttar 132795 meaning? This word SPAM has been blown out of proportion. It is causing unbelievable hysteria onrepparttar 132796 internet.

Many businesses are spending more and more time each day getting frustrated, yelling atrepparttar 132797 spammers, and reportingrepparttar 132798 spammers. -Is it really worth it? -Is there a way OUT?

Unfortunately we will never get rid of spam. It is like getting rid ofrepparttar 132799 junk mail in your mailbox. It is always there. You can bank on it almost everyday. It isrepparttar 132800 same way with SPAM. As long as you have any kind of existence online, your email box will be littered with SPAM.

There is a way to cut a lot of it out though. Ever since I got my new email server, I have had very little spam in my email box. Sure I get one or two a day, but it is not like it used to be.

So, HOW do we get rid of SO MUCH spam mail?

The BIGGEST CULPRIT of Spam is FFA LINK pages. Now, I know many people feel that since they agreed to receive this junk mail in exchange for placing their link that it is not spam. Well, SPAM is basically unwanted EMAIL. Do you WANT to receive all these emails?

Many business who host an FFA LINK page do it for one reason and one reason only - FOR YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS! I am not saying ALL FFA Link pages do this, but MOST of them do. If you submit to FFA LINK pages, you can be guaranteed at least 100 emails a day. And then allrepparttar 132801 follow-up emails after that, so it is never-ending. You will be automatically subscribed to ezines and newsletters, which you never personally subscribed to. But somewhere onrepparttar 132802 FFA page in real small writing is your agreement. In fact, a lot of these newsletters even put on top of their publication that you have agreed to receive this newsletter by subscribing, corresponding with them, or placing your LINK on their FFA page.

Of courserepparttar 132803 owners of FFA Pages will not agree with me. But, if you want complete honesty- -you will not increase traffic to your site. -you will not reach thousands and millions of people to view your ad. -you will not even be able to keep your link there for more than one day. (and that is good for FFA pages. Normally you are off within hours).

-So WHY post to FFA sites when you are off of them in hours or a day? -So WHY post to FFA sites when your email box is flooded with Emails? -So WHY post to FFA sites to gain exposure when all you get is hundreds of emails selling their product?

-Don't you want people to read about YOUR product? -Don't you want people to see YOUR link? -Don't you want people emailing you about YOUR product?

FFA LINK pages do you more harm than good. The time and energy you spend at posting to these links, could be time and energy spent on doing something productive for your business. These pages are there only to get your email address. Many of these pages have members who pay to get your email address and spam you. These are called, "Opt-In email Lists for SALE, or for RENT". That is where many of these companies get their addresses. Don't get me wrong, I am sure there are legit ones out there, but they are few and far between.

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