By Joshua Bressor
The Bali Times
SEMINYAK ~ If you are a website owner and your email appears as is on a website (firstname.lastname@example.org), thereâ€™s a good chance that email will be deluged with spam sooner rather than later.
Email-harvesting programs (spambots) search websites for emails, and once they locate address(s, youâ€™ll quickly be added to their spam index – not the place you want your email address.
There are few steps you can take to limit the possibility of this happening:
– Use an image with your email address instead of a link
– Use forms instead of posting email address
Another common way spammers get your email is if you use it to sign p for forums, newsgroups, online purchases, postings and sweepstakes entries.
If you do start getting spam, donâ€™t open it! If it looks like spam, it probably is. Spammers know if an email has been opened, so donâ€™t do it.
Update your computer with virus protection to prevent spammers access to your personal information. If you have a broadband connection, install a firewall system to prevent spammers from hijacking your system to send emails from your computer.
Use spam filters in Outlook and Thunderbird; theyâ€™re helpful.
Conclusion: Be proactive protecting your email address and be suspicious of unsolicited emails.