"Where is My Spam"

Written by Wonder Wyant

Boy, I must be really new torepparttar Internet! Everyone keeps talking about allrepparttar 132782 canned meat they're getting and I'm hardly getting fed over here.

I do get some, but I'm sure not getting fat on it. I receive a couple of hundred or so emails a day so I'm not surprised that I get a few offers for credit cards I don't need and junk I'm not going to buy.

Although I probably average only a dozen or so letters a day inrepparttar 132783 big metal box atrepparttar 132784 end ofrepparttar 132785 drive,some days more that half of that mail is junkmail.

While I find basically none of this junkmail useful to me,repparttar 132786 electronic spam is much easier to deal with. I'm brand new to email and I still know at least three ways to hit delete! And, if need be, I can let my ISP gobble it up.

Since I live inrepparttar 132787 country and I no longer have to payrepparttar 132788 garbage man to haul awayrepparttar 132789 paper junkmail, I don't even resent that as I once did. In fact, I hear that I have a neighbor who actually solicitsrepparttar 132790 stuff as he heats his house with it. An idea, I suppose?

I can almost hear you saying "Wait a minute! You said you get hundreds of emails a day." Yes, indeed I do. I would say that 96% of them are from ezines that I've subcribed to, offers I asked for more information about or email courses I wanted.

In my 3 months onrepparttar 132791 Internet, I've subscribed to over 400 ezines. Am I nuts, as an ezine editor friend of mine implied? No, I'm out here to get information. The only way to do that is to go to whererepparttar 132792 source is. Many ezines are wonderful sources of a wide variety of information.

Unfortunately, I've found that not all ezines are entertaining or informative. Do I read them all? Yes, I do, to a point. I use an automatic 'shelving' system in Outlook Express for my ezines.

I have a folder named 'Ezines' and inside that I have many subfolders.

Buried Under a Mountain of Spam

Written by Michael Southon

For years I didn't worry much about spam.

But lately it's got out of control. Over half of my email is now spam, and it's growing byrepparttar week.

Spam is now such a problem that I know people who have had to close down their domain name. This article offers some tips on how to avoid being buried under a mountain of spam.

--------------------------------------------- How Do They Get Your Address? ---------------------------------------------

Inrepparttar 132781 old days, spammers got their addresses mainly from Newsgroups - if you didn't post to Newsgroups, you were reasonably safe. But they're now using a much more efficient method to build their lists - email harvesters.

Email harvesters are robots that roamrepparttar 132782 Internet collecting email addresses from web pages. Examples are EmailSiphon, Cherry Picker, Web Weasel, Web Bandit and Email Wolf, to name just a few.

How can you protect yourself from email harvesters?

By 'munging' (mung = 'mash until no good') or cloaking your email address.

There are many ways of munging your address -repparttar 132783 easiest technique is to use HTML code forrepparttar 132784 punctuation in your email address (instead of symbols).

Forrepparttar 132785 colon after mailto use : and forrepparttar 132786 @ symbol use @ and forrepparttar 132787 period use .

With this method, my email address would become: mailto:msouthon@freezineweb.com

Your email address will appear exactly as it did before, and it will still be 'clickable', but email harvesters will ignore it and move on.

There are also JavaScript's that you can insert into your web page that will make your email address visible to humans but invisible to harvesting programs. Here's one that works very well: http://pointlessprocess.com/JavaScripts/anti-spam.htm

---------------------------- How To Fight Spam ----------------------------

The most important thing is never, ever, reply to spam.

Most spam contains an innocent-looking 'remove me' email address. Do not use it. Here's why:

Spammers typically buy a CD containing a million or so email addresses, but they have no idea how many of those addresses are active. So before beginning their marketing campaign in earnest, they send out a 'test message' torepparttar 132788 entire list.

The test message contains an email address for removing yourself. When you reply to that address, it confirms torepparttar 132789 spammer that your address is active and therefore worth spamming.

Worse still,repparttar 132790 spammer may be distilling from that CD a list of confirmed active addresses that he will then sell to another spammer.

The key to dealing with spam is to report it to a 3rd party: (1)repparttar 132791 affiliate program thatrepparttar 132792 spammer is advertising, (2)repparttar 132793 spammer's web host, or (3)repparttar 132794 ISPrepparttar 132795 spammer used to connect torepparttar 132796 Internet.

When you report spam to a 3rd party, remember to be polite - they didn't sendrepparttar 132797 spam and they're probably just as anti-spam as you are.

(1) Reporting to Affiliate Programs

Many spammers are affiliates advertising someone else's products or services. So look for a website address that contains an affiliate link, something like this: www.affiliateprogramdomain/841526

Then just send an email torepparttar 132798 affiliate program (abuse@affiliateprogramdomain.com), informing them that you are receiving spam from one of their affiliates.

Most affiliate programs have zero tolerance for spamming and will remove an affiliate spammer without warning.

Now, affiliate spammers don't want you to see their affiliate link, so many of them send their email as HTML. All you see inrepparttar 132799 message arerepparttar 132800 words 'Click Here and Order Now'.

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