Spam, like ubiquitous 3rd
class mail and telephone solicitors, is a tedious reality of the current
advertising climate and is not going away any time soon. Internet-wide
the volume of spam has increased over 200% in the last year alone and
will continue to grow until anti-spam laws are passed that have some
real teeth in them. In the meantime, SCEN and its users must take steps
to avoid spam.
Please note that SCEN does
not sell or share contact information with other companies; see our privacy
policy. So, how can posting something on SCEN result in
spam to your mail box? Marketers send email
harvesting programs and other "bad 'bots" daily to crawl
active, public sites, recording what they find and selling this
information to advertisers. If your email address is posted in HTML
format, they will see it.
What is SCEN doing about
this? Our database takes a big step
towards blocking spammers and leeches from our site. Our business
directory, calendar and classified ads employ "SCEN Mail", a server-based
program that works with our database to conceal email addresses from
senders, harvesters and bad 'bots. However our message boards,
which are remotely hosted by Boardhost and are not part of SCEN's
database system, do not employ SCENmail.
What can you, the user, do
about spam? The answer is quite a lot. There are many spam-filtering
services available on the net. Many ISP's such as Earthlink and AOL
offer in-house email filtering; other companies on the 'net offer
filtered email forwarding to owners of POP3 email addresses. Free email
providers such as Hotmail typically provide spam filters. Client-side
email management programs like Microsoft Outlook allow users to
implement spam filters on their computers that detect and move or delete
spam as it's downloaded. You can eliminate up to 95% of spam from your
in-box using these easily available tools.
We recommend the following tips to help cut down on spam:
post your email address on the Internet. Do not write out your
email address in the text of your ad - use the SCENmail feature
only - and do not post your email address on the message
boards. We require your email address when registering or filling
out submission forms so we can contact you if we
have questions; it is not required that
you make your email public on SCEN.
tricks of spelling out your email address, for example: 'Info AT
bay equest DOT com', or including "nospam" in address do
NOT work. Spam 'bots have evolved to detect these ploys.
advertising on the Internet, obtain a free Internet-based email address or temporary mail
box with your current email provider. Delete the temporary
address/mail box when you no longer require it.
'bots compile fresh lists daily; the sooner you remove your email
address from the Internet,
the sooner you disappear from their lists.
advantage of your email provider's anti-spam programming and the
Filters and Rules available with email management programs such as
Outlook to screen and remove spam from your in-box.
and use the latest virus protection software; update your virus
database frequently and make back-up copies of important files.
more about protecting yourself against spam.
spammers to the appropriate authorities.
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