Spam

Probably more than you wanted to know–but not as much as you should–about spam.

Flattery Will Get You … Spam?

Did someone leave a nice comment on your site? Hmm, look closely, it might be spam. Sorry!

WHOIS

When you register a domain, it's quite a bit like buying a house: just like at city hall, your name is now out there in public. You have options.

Attention: Important Notice. Domain Service Notice

How do you know when these legit-sounding emails are, well, legit? You sometimes need to actually read that fine print.

This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your search engine registration

Several clients have been sending me these emails that look quite official and sound threatening ("Failure to complete ... " etc.). It sounds very much like it's your domain registration (which is their trick), but it's not.

Mail Chimp

Great stats, easy-to-use editor to create your newsletter, love the backend interface, and, well, yeah, funny monkeys hanging around. Also, like Vertical Response, they don't force you to do a monthly plan, but you can pay per recipient only when you send a newsletter.

Using Google Apps email for you@yourdomain.com

Get all of the benefits of Gmail but with your own personal domain. Here's how to set it up.

Email Obfuscator

Jason Brantley over at Axis Computer Consulting recommended a stronger-than-PHP method of obfuscating--or munging, hiding, encrypting--email addresses on websites: the email address munger. Here's an excerpt from their site: Email address munging is the act of using ASCII, JavaScript, and scrambling of letters in your email address in order to hide your email address from [...]

Bounced Email and Null Senders

Just got a note from my host after a client said mail was bouncing to her. Turns out that my host uses some spam-prevention techniques that will bounce email that doesn't comply. In my opinion, this sounds like an issue that the sending party's host should deal with as our host is just battling spam. [...]

No more forwarding to Hotmail / MSN accounts

Due to the increase in complaints, effective February 10, 2007, we will no longer allow forwards from our accounts to Hotmail / MSN accounts. Update: Yahoo too.

Nedstat now doing pop-up ads

We used to use Nedstat as a free counter (statistics) for websites but they just recently starting doing pop-up ads on sites. If you have been getting these (or heard of someone getting them on your site), let us know and we'll remove them.

Domain Name Registration: My Real Address?

The governing body of domain names, ICANN, says you should have "not false" information about yourself as the domain name owner (see article on GoDaddy website here). My guess is that it's so when they're tracking down spammers they can find the information about the guilty party and go after them. It basically says this: [...]

Why to Not Have Your Email on a Website

I reluctantly have my email listed (plain text name@domain.com) on a business networking site I'm a member of. Here's what happened. My email is listed on the site in regular text, so it's easy for the spammers to collect and add to their databases. Now spam is no fun, but "phishing" is potentially dangerous. See [...]

Blacklist or Whitelist?

There are probably as many strategies to stop spam as there are to send it. For the article below, I'm only talking about working with YOUR email address (you@yourdomain.com), not blacklisting or whitelisting THEIR email addresses (viagra@cheapdrugs.com). Here are two main strategies. Blacklist Allow all mail to come in to any email address with your [...]

Server Down, PayPal Phishing, and WP 2.O

Happy New Year! I'm using a new newsletter feature from my new website (www.likoma.com), so could you let me know you got this email? Just a blank reply is fine, thanks. I won't be using this newsletter to bombard you with junk mail, so please don't unsubscribe. I'll try to keep it relevant to you [...]

Someone is sending from MY email address!

Well, they're not really. It's as if I were at my sister's house and I wrote a letter (a what?!) and put my return address label on the envelope even though I was sending it from my sister's house. So if it got returned, it would come to my house, not her house. The spammers [...]

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