Like all users of the Internet
you are most likely to experience an unpleasant amount of spam
These are unsolicited and unwelcomed adverts that can pop mostly anywhere on the world wide web
Unfortunately things have gotten worse when it comes to spamming
have grown more sophisticated which means that most e-mails
detectors however, spammers
can go around these detectors by way of skill, technology
, and determination, finding ways to infiltrate a website
and drown it in pornography links
, phishing schemes, and ridiculous get-rich-quick advertisements into the inboxes
of unwilling, unsuspecting recipients.
Luckily not all is lost. Below are four simple steps designed to significantly reduce the amount of spam
that manages to find its way into your e-mail inbox
on your website forms to foil the bots.
, which is an abbreviation for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart
," calls for people to enter a randomized code in order to submit an online form.
The randomized code is often in the form of distorted, wiggly, or otherwise difficult (but not impossible) to read lettering.
bots, the automatic email producers preferred by today's sophisticated spammers
, can't read the randomized code and are therefore unable to submit the form.
Don't put your email address on your website
. This one move alone can rid you from a lot of spam
But the decision has to be carefully considered with other concerns, such as making it easy for site visitors to contact you.
If, like most companies, you decide to include email
addresses on your website
, install PrivateDaddy
This free, open-source software conceals your email
address from spam
bots while still making it visible to your human visitors.
platforms, such as WordPress
, even come with a plugin
you can install right away.
Turn off comments on your blog
Again, this isn’t an easy decision because it prohibits your visitors from leaving comments on your site and may cause you to lose vital feedback. But like leaving your email
address off your website
, it can help to reduce spam
in the right circumstances.
If you have a very active community of readers who post
a lot of concrete responses, then the overall value of that community will prevail over the nuisance of any spam
that comes through.
However, if you tend to get a small amount of random comments, chances are that many of them will be spam
Turning off comments will help remove spammers
' ability to get through using your blog
Unsubscribe from what you don't read.
When you subscribe to a newsletter, blog
, or other form of online
publications, you give that business or organization permission to contact you via email
You may not want to receive what they send you, but technically
it isn't spam
So they can and most probably will send you updates until you ask them to stop.
In conclusion be smart, thoughtful, and careful when dealing with spammers
Devise and execute a plan that allows you to still engage and interact with your visitors, but is still effective in removing or countering any spam