Protecting your web page against spam

On your way to Internet venture you may have heard that everyone hates spam. Some business sites notify it in bold that, they do not spam. Spam is any electronic mail message that is transmitted to a large number of recipients; and some or all of those recipients have not explicitly and knowingly requested those messages. Content is not important for spam. It can be an advertisement for a commercial product, a solicitation for donations by a charity, or a religious pitch by somebody intent on saving your soul. Spam also describes the act of sending spam.

On an individual level, spam can be annoying indeed, but from the perspective of network business security it can also have a tremendous impact on productivity since it requires such a large amount of effort on the part of filters to handle. The problem with spam is that it is taking new forms to deceive readers into opening and viewing ads. Many emails that don’t look like spam end up being deceptive ads; sometimes containing bandwidth-eating images that can fill up networks.

You can think of some of ways to protect your site from spam. You can use captcha, a program that protects website forms against spambots by generating and grading tests that humans can pass but current computer programs cannot. Be cautious of never posting your email address on any website. Spammers use special scripts called Spambots which go through websites and gather email addresses listed into a mailing list. If you are expecting comments on your site then use track-back validation to identify the commentator. Sometimes it is wise to close comments on older posts.

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Author: Ahmed Habib

Ahmed is a freelance writer who enjoys writing - he is based out of Australia.

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