The term “address harvesting” refers to the unsavoury practice of finding and copying email addresses from the pages of websites. You know all of those lovely “contact us” webpages which everyone has? Well, spammers just love to pick those tasty little ripe email addresses from the orchard of your website. So here are a few tips which will allow users to contact you through your website, while not allowing your email address to fall into the wrong hands.
I’ve been testing Google’s Gmail for 5 days now, since April 18th. Woohoo. In addition to openly soliciting email to the account, and even posting the address on the web (firstname.lastname@example.org), I’ve forwarded all of my email coming to my other accounts to the Gmail account. I wanted to give Gmail a good workout. More […]
It happens at least twice a week. Some reporter, pundit, or well-meaning but tunnel-visioned anti-spammer will point triumphantly to the fact that the load of spam in their inbox has not decreased – in fact, if anything, increased – since January 1, 2004, when the CAN-SPAM Act became effective, as evidence that the new Federal […]
The State of Virginia (the attorney general, in particular) is on a roll, with the 3rd arrest of members of a spam gang responsible for sending countless pieces of spam … not from..not to…but *through* servers located in Virginia. Carrie Cantrell, spokesperson for VA Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, explains: “Although all of the suspects are […]
Independent journalist and Guardian columnist Danny O’Brien hit it square on the head in his dead-on and funny piece in today’s Guardian. O’Brien unerringly describes an exchange and the general atmosphere at ISIPP’s January “Spam and the Law” conference, during which noted spammer-hunting attorney Jon Praed asked whether there were any spammers in the audience. […]
Kudos to the Daily Show’s Rob Cordrey for his deft segment in which he interviews notorious U.S. spammer Scott Richter. Although we of course don’t condone the offering online of proprietary content, we have it on good authority that .mov and .wmv files of the show can be readily found on the Internet via a […]