In this post we will learn what are the possible consequences of spam emails and ultimately how to get rid of unwanted spam email. A beginner in online business can fall unintentionally into the spamming trap while conducting internet marketing activity to promote their business. I know I sure have been banned from posting on various platforms. Spamming has many faces and forms depending on the marketing activity performed.
We can blame Gary Thuerk, Marketing Director of Digital Equipment Technology who sent an email solicitation to 400 employees at Arpnet. The email created a few sales, but it also created fierce backlash.
People who begin their online business ventures would naturally be unaware of many of the internet business rules, protocols and etiquettes. Yet, as in any law, the internet law does not forgive for ignorance. One of the most important issues that are governed by many controls over the internet is Spamming.
How to get rid of SPAM in your Inbox
Today, more than ever spam messages are sent out each day to billions of Internet users. This staggering statistic makes it clear why spam is such a major problem for Internet users. Many companies are working hard to solve the spam problem, but the first step to stopping spam starts with the consumer.
By following the steps below, Internet users can get rid the number of spam email messages they receive in their inbox.
Before an Invasion of Spam
Choose email providers that offer built-in spam protection services. Look for service providers that promote a high success rate of blocking spam email.
Spam is a cat and mouse game. Spammers are constantly looking for ways to bypass filters. Regularly check your spam filter software if you’re using non-web based email to make sure it is up to date. If you’re using web-based email, make sure your webmail provider is working hard to protect you from spam.
A firewall may be one of the most important applications on a computer. It acts as a barrier between hackers and the computer, and prevents access to unauthorized information.
Limit email dispersal
When performing online transactions, thoroughly scan the page for any checked and unchecked boxes. Some companies will word these boxes in a way to increase the likelihood of a consumer opting-in to their email campaigns.
Shop from known vendors
Once spam becomes a problem
Internet users should avoid opening spam. It should be immediately deleted. Pay close attention to the senders email address as most spammers use deceptive subject lines intended to promote opening. If opened, avoid attachments, which may contain viruses, and do not purchase goods or donate to charities solicited in the message. Many spam email messages will have unsubscribe links at the bottom of the message, as dictated by the CAN-SPAM Act.
If consumers find themselves with an inbox full of spam, they can also report the spam emails to their Internet Service Provider.
There are numerous companies and organizations designed to regulate the Internet and protect users. But, it is important that Internet users are informed of the threats of spam. By following the stated suggestions and by not falling victim to the ploys of spammers, users can help put spammers out of business, and keep their inbox free of junk email.
Methods to fight spam!
Industry experts estimate that three out of every five e-mail messages that are sent today are spam.
This is not only a nuisance; it is costing us all time and money which could be better spent on productive ventures.
Protect your privacy
If you plan to enter your information to any Web site, please review the Terms of Service and Privacy Policies of the Web site. If the policies do not clearly indicate what will be done with your information, you should reconsider posting any details to that Web site.
Publishing your email address on your website
Instead of having a simple “mail to” link on your Web site, such as “Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org,” consider using an approved form mail script that allows Web site visitors to fill out a form to send you e-mail. This will help prevent e-mail address harvesting robots and other spammers from capturing your address.
Try to stay away from creating and posting a member profile, on any Web site, for others to see publicly. Spammers are always reviewing such information for new e-mail addresses.
Many of us register products online. Many times the product registration form has options pre-selected that enable the company to solicit you by e-mail, even though you may not want it. Be sure to review the options you are selecting and any options that may have been selected for you by default.
Posting to a Newsgroup
Never post anything to a newsgroup with your real e-mail address. Consider cloaking the address or using a “disposable” e-mail address. Consider creating and using an e-mail address from one of the free e-mail address providers.
Do not reply to spam or an unsubscribe request
Never reply to a piece of spam or request to be unsubscribed. Your reply confirms that your address is working and provides the spammer the opportunity to add your address to their list or sell it to another entity. This actually helps facilitate more spam.
An effective way to help prevent spam is to report it to the ISP or mail administrator where the spam originated. Such reports help ISPs to identify the user or users who sent the spam. Report the spam, including full headers from the spam, to the ISP abuse department or postmaster e-mail address.
Federal law strictly limits the information that online service providers may disclose about their users. However, e-mail messages do contain some information about the sender.
E-mail headers contain an Internet Protocol (IP) address that corresponds to the sender’s Internet service provider (ISP). A line in the e-mail message contains an 8 to 12 digit number, separated by periods. For example: “Received: from [123.456.78.91] by . . .” The “123.456.78.91” represents the ISP’s unique IP address for the sender.
Most spam headers have multiple “Received: from” lines. If the e-mail message has not been forged then, in general, the first such line from the bottom is the true origin of the spammed message.
After you identify the IP address, you can search to determine which ISP provides this person with Internet access. A Web site that attempts to determine the actual computer with that IP address is located at https://www.arin.net/whois/index.html
There is a very thin line between search engine optimization and spamdexing. You should become very familiar with it. Start with understanding hidden/invisible text, keyword stuffing, metatag stuffing, gateway pages, and scraper sites.
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