WebWiz@rdry Issue #20 - "SPAM"

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REM Web Solutions is pleased to present you with the twentieth issue of WebWiz@rdry, our quarterly online newsletter. The purpose of WebWiz@rdry is to help our subscribers maximize the effectiveness of their website, thus providing them with expert advice and keeping them current on trends in the web world. WebWiz@rdry also includes a client profile, which we feel is a great way to introduce some of the fantastic clients that we work with to all of our subscribers.

Here a six simple things you can do to help keep spam under control:

NEVER RESPOND TO SPAM
By responding to spam (When your auto-reply is turned on, it responds to spam!), you are acknowledging the spammer and therefore you will continue to be spammed by that spammer-- and many others too!  So, if you must turn an auto-reply message on, try and remove it as soon as possible to deter spammers.

DON'T POST YOUR ADDRESS ON YOUR WEBSITE
It seems like a good idea at the time, but posting your email address on your personal home page is just an invitation to spammers. Spammers and the people who sell spamming as a business have software that "harvests" email addresses from the Net. This software crawls through the Internet seeking text strings that are something@something.something. When it finds one, it catalogs it on a database of other email addresses to be used to send spam.  If you must post your email address on your site, It is a good idea to create an image of your email address instead so it is unable to be "picked up" by crawlers. Look at having a contact form created for your website along with a "captcha".  Contact forms can be created at a minimal cost.  Please contact REM Web Solutions to find out more about forms and captchas.

USE AN ALTERNATIVE EMAIL ADDRESS FOR  NEWSGROUPS AND FORUMS
Newsgroups and Forums are a great email address gathering ground for spammers. If you post to a group, you're going to get spam -- it is just a matter of time. So how are you supposed to participate? Use a different email address than the one you use for talking to friends and relatives. In other words, have a public address and a private address. You'll just have to deal with the spam in your public account.

DON'T GIVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WITHOUT KNOWING HOW IT WILL BE USED
If a website is asking for your email address, they want to use it for something. Be sure you know what. Read the terms of use and privacy statements of any site before telling them your address. Ask yourself some simple questions. Are they going to share or sell my address? Do I want emails from this website? Do I trust them? Is it worth the risk? If you can't answer these questions satisfactorily or you can't find their privacy statement then don't give them your address.

USE A SPAM FILTER
While there is no such thing as a 100% perfect filter, anti-spam software can help keep spam at manageable level. At REM, we use Google Postini spam filtering and find that it works quite well.

NEVER BUY ANYTHING ADVERTISED IN SPAM
The reason that people spam is because they can make money. They make money, like all advertisers, by convincing people to buy a product. If no one buys the things advertised in spam, companies will quit paying spammers to advertise their products.

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Thank you for your interest in WebWiz@rdry and REM Web Solutions.

Until next time,

Rob Matlow
REM Web Solutions - Providers of WebWiz@rd Content Management
rmatlow@remwebsolutions.com
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519.884.4111 or 1.866.754.4111

CLIENT PROFILE

Canadian Association of Food Banks:: Canadian Association of Food Banks ::
The Canadian Association of Food Banks (CAFB) would like to thank REM Web Solutions for being able to assist so effectively in providing the web services we were looking for. 

The CAFB needed to undergo a redesign to refresh our website. REM Web Solutions was able to provide effective creative development and technical support that was also very cost effective. 

Additionally, REM offered us the ability to manage our own site by implementing their WebWiz@rd software. This software gives us the autonomy to manage our content in a convenient and easy-to- use program. WebWiz@ard ensures that our site is up to date and ready to provide our visitors with the information they are looking for.
 

IS UPDATING YOUR WEB SITE CONTENT A HASSLE?

It doesn't have to be! If you are not updating your website content by yourself, on your own time, using only basic office computer skills, then you need WebWiz@rd. REM Web Solutions WebWiz@rd technology allows small to medium-sized organizations to control their website content by themselves, without having to pay and consult with a Webmaster. You will also enjoy the benefits of a long-term relationship with experienced web-pros, who are only an email or phone call away when you need help. Contact us today to get WebWiz@rd working for you!

 

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