Community member Zachary is the Webmaster for RuneTomb, INC. Here are his top tips for stopping Email spam if you are a website Developer or IT person.
- Download a good Email client. Personally, I find it is harder to block junk and spam on any of the Microsoft email applications. We use Thunderbird, the free client from the folks at Mozilla.
- Never give your email address away via the Internet in text form. If you do, you are absolutely bound to have a bot from a search engine pick up that address and email it to a reseller. Try to give the email address in image form. For added security, “fuzz” that image just a bit using a program like Photoshop.
- If you are a company, split up the different departments, and assign them their own email address. This makes it easier to destroy spam that eludes your filters, and is much better for organizational purposes, as well.
- Don’t use common words for the name of the email address, such as [email protected] Common words such as help, support, department, billing, webmaster will all be tried (and quickly found) by search engine spiders. Avoiding simple words like these will seriously diminish your spam email.
- Always have two email accounts: one for personal use, and one for business use. Only give out your personal email address to family and close friends. Make sure those people know not to send dozens of “forwards” to your business account.
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