Spam

  The name comes from Spam luncheon meat by way of a Monty Python
sketch in which Spam is ubiquitous, unavoidable, and repetitive
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Updated: September 26, 2019
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
Spam

Most Spam messages are commercial in nature and are not only annoying but also can be dangerous. They may contain links that lead to phishing web sites or sites that are hosting malware - or include malware as files attachments

Unfortunately the problem with spam is here to stay. And the volume of this questionable practice seems to be increasing at an exponential rate. RSH Web Services receives numerous emails about this problem. The short answer is that there is not a 100% fool proof solution, But implementing some of the steps listed below can help reduce the amount tremendously

Never show your Email address on your Website

The first and easiest way that Spammers find your e-mail address is through the use of spambots, or spiders, that search the web looking for the @ sign. These spiders search the source code of your page and harvest everything that looks like it might be an e-mail address. One way to avoid having your email address found by these Spiders is not to show your address at all
Second is to make an image of your email address for people to see but spiders will not be able to harvest the address
Third and the one RSH Web uses on our Contact Us page with "HTML Characters"
These look like "&#32" or " "
So for our "AT" sign or @ you would use @
As you can see there is no "AT" Symbol for the Spiders to find
You can take it farther by changing the ending extension of ".com" to ". c o m"
Or even further and make you whole email address into "HTML Characters" See the following URL for complete listings: W3C Public CVS Repository

Using Mail-To Forms

PHP Mailer and CGIEmail are powerful yet easy to use mail form processor can be installed to all Websites. In addition to thwarting the spambots our PHPMailer allows you to require or "Verify" certain information from your correspondents. Stopping Spammers from collecting your email address and stopping the dreaded Spam Bots. All with out using Googles CAPTCHA

Disable Catch All's

Spammers often send their spam to random addresses at your domain. With a Catch All aliasing enabled, all of this spam is delivered to your default catch-all account. Catch Alls are when you have "Anything" or ALL names addressed to your Domain going into your in box
Some people like this feature because they can use email addresses such as "admin", "webmaster", "owner", "director", " john", "mary". Basically anything in front of the "AT" sign will be delivered. This sounds convent but Spammers love this too
RSH Web only have one which is the user name of "rshweb" any other user name or "Catch All" sent to rshweb.com will not be delivered. If you disable the catch-all feature, spam addressed to random, non-active e-mail addresses will simply be deleted before it reaches your account. If you do choose to disable catch-all forwarding, be sure that you have created an e-mail user account or e-mail forward for all of the addresses that you do want to receive incoming e-mail

Deny by IP Address

RSH Web Services has its own Blacklist that they will add the Spammers IP address to. In this way that Spammer can never send us or any of our clients spam emails again. If you recive 3 or more spam emails let us know th IP numbers and we will and them to our Blacklist

Never follow the Unsubscribe link

If you specifically recognize that you voluntarily subscribed to the list then yes Unsubscribe. But Spammers often use bogus “unsubscribe instructions” to verify that your e-mail address is a good and working email account. Following "Unsubscribe" instructions will most likely result in your address being added to even more spam lists

Never forward Chain Letters

Most chain letters and virus warnings that you receive are either hoaxes or they are initiated by spammers for the intent of getting every email address they can. Chain letters spread like wildfire and always tend to end up right back at the spammers with the email address of everyone it was sent to. Before you take any action regarding an unsolicited virus warning, check the validity of the warning at https://www.symantec.com/security-center We have never received a virus warning by email that did not turn out to be a hoax

Use POP E-mail Accounts & E-Mail Forwarding Creatively

Another popular way of harvesting email addresses is through your own correspondence. Every time you purchase something online or email a company or organization, your email address is available for addition to a mailing list. Do not put too much faith in the privacy statements of web sites that you do not have experience with. Spammers make their living by theft and deception. They are certainly not beyond providing false information in their privacy statements

First, create a new POP user just for the purpose of collecting spam. We named one of ours unused556@gmail.com, but you can call yours anything you want. You are never going to use it for anything but collecting spam. Now take a look at the spam you just received and notice the address it is being sent to. In many cases, spammers grab your domain name and just make up addresses to attach to it. When you notice spam addressed to an e-mail address that you do not need for regular business or personal use, create an e-mail forward that redirects mail sent to that address to the spam-catching POP account you created in the preceding step

Whenever you order a product or service online, create a unique e-mail forward for the company you’re ordering from. For example, if you’re ordering a CD from amazon.com, use amazon@yourdomainname.com when you register with them. (don’t forget to replace yourdomainname.com with your actual domain name; and don’t forget to create an e-mail forward to deliver mail to a valid POP account)
This approach provides two benefits:
It allows you to redirect that address to your spam-catcher if you start receiving spam
It will let you know who’s selling your personal information to spammers. You can then decide whether those companies are deserving of your trust and future business

Domain Whois Information

Spammers often harvest addresses from the Domain Name WHOIS system, grabbing your administrative, billing, and technical contact email addresses to add to their lists. We suggest to always use "Private Domain Registration"
(Which by the way does not cost any Domain Registrar a penny. So why do they still charge for this service?)

Use Spam-Filtering Software

Your Domain Host accounts include free SpamAssassin spam-filtering software, which can be configured by individual users through the webmail interface

Use an External Spam-Filtering Service

Several services are now available that will filter your e-mail for you (for a fee). Most of them allow you to set up a “whitelist” of all addresses that you want delivered automatically. Senders that do not appear on your “whitelist” are sent an automatic response informing them that they have to log in at the service’s web site and “prove” that they’re a human and not a spambot. If the sender complies, the mail is delivered (and you then have the opportunity to add the sender to a blacklist if you no longer want to receive mail from that sender. These services are very effective at blocking spam. The downside is that it does result in some inconvenience to your correspondents. The most popular spam-filtering service is: Spamassassin.apache.org


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