How To Filter Out Spams?

Are you receiving any unsolicited rubbish emails every day?  Unfortunately, receiving spams is a common problem nowadays faced by Internet users.  As long as your email address is made public, there is a risk that it may fall into the bad hands of spammers.

So how to avoid or reduce spams getting into your mailbox?  First things first, be careful to expose your email address, especially online.  For example, when you need to give your email address to someone or enter it on a web site, first make sure who you are dealing with.  Always check out the web site’s privacy policy to see how the other party will handle your personal information.  If in doubt, do not proceed.

If you publish your email address on your web site, please be sure to protect it so that automated programs used by spammers called spambots, which crawl around the Internet looking for possible email addresses, will not be able to find yours.

You can do this by using an image instead of plain text to display an email address, or JavaScript to jumble your email address into something readable by human but unreadable by the program.  Please consult your web developer on how to do this.  Strongly recommended.

Another good idea is to use a separate email address online, such as subscribing to a newsletter online.  Some people use different email addresses when dealing with different web sites.  If any of their email addresses get spammed, they will know which web site has mishandled their email address!

Your hosting provider should also provide antispam protection.  For BizPartner clients, you can log in to your cPanel control panel. There are a number of antispam features you can turn on including SpamAssassin and other filtering methods.

There is also a notorious way of spamming by forging a bogus email address based on known domain names on the Internet.  If you find your domain name appears in the spammer’s email address, then you have fallen victim to such spams.

One good way to counter this is to turn on Sender Policy Framework (SPF).  When an SPF-enabled mail server receives emails appear to be from your domain name, it checks with your mail server to verify whether that email address exists or not.  If it does not, it will not be delivered to the recipients.  Please check with your hosting provider on SPF.  BizPartner customers are already protected by SPF.

As an added protection, you can also use the filtering features in your email software such as Microsoft Outlook to filter out unwanted emails.

These are just among many ways to fight spams.  Let us know if you need help.

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