Protect Email Addresses From Spammers

According to the most recent stats I’ve seen, spam (unsolicited bulk email – UBE) is growing at an alarming rate of 1.2percent every day. That implies that the amount of spam delivered now was 1.2percent more than yesterday and tomorrow it increases again. I wish I could say that about my savings account. Nonetheless, there are a few things you can do to protect your temp mail from spammers.

The Problem

First of all, let us know how it is that spammers get a hold of your email address in the first location.

1. Opt-in registration – you consent to receive solicitations from”legitimate” sources.

Among the easiest methods spammers use for getting spam-able email addresses is purchasing lists from sites who collect email addresses as part of their regular activity. Some of those lists were created in”legitimate” ways such as having an”opt-in” check box on a registration. Frequently these opt-in check boxes are checked by default and the user must un-check it to avoid getting on the list. Or, they are worded so as to get the consumer to not only consent to get”legitimate” updates and offers from the site, but also anyone to whom they could sell their own list. Deep within their terms of usage you might discover that by supplying your email address you are”opting in” to having your email address marketed like a cheap hooker to anyone willing to pay. Needless to say, you won’t know about that unless you really read the legal stuff on a privacy policy or terms of use page.

2. Your email address was compromised by poor security or an inside job.

Websites which store personal information online has to secure that information so that hackers can’t access it with no great effort. Nothing is totally hacker-proof, but robust service security is a tough target and typically the would-be intruders proceed to an easier target. This isn’t often the case with start-ups and smaller businesses. They frequently use shared hosting and never give a thought to security. They often don’t comprehend the ease of hacking an insecure website.

In addition, companies that are even secure can not always prevent an inside job. The larger businesses who employ an IT staff that knows their way around the security might be jeopardized by a mole. This could be someone who steals the email list and sells it to anyone willing to buy it. There’s absolutely no way you or I will prevent this scenario. If there’s a dirty employee, only the company can prevent them and they often don’t until it happened once.

3. A harvester bot harvested your email address.

A harvester bot is a program designed to crawl through the content and code of your site similar to search engine crawlers. Nevertheless, these evil bots have something in mind as they scan through your html code: email addresses. I’ve observed a brand new email address that I made for one specific purpose with no safeguards and watched it get spammed within a week of being posted. The more it was up, the more spam it received. That address is compromised once this occurs. There isn’t anything you can do to un-do it. The harm is done.