The bain of my life and perhaps of anyone attempting to conduct legitimate business using the Internet is spam. On a daily basis I receive literally hundreds of spam e-mails trying to sell me something or other that I don’t need. Like most people, I’ve installed an Internet security a application with a spam filter and yet it still gets through. On the day I published my first corporate blog, I was inundated with unwanted e-mail posted to my site most of it simply disgusting.
Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to arm yourself in the battle against this unwanted intrusion. I could live to regret this but I’d like to share with you some tools that you can use to help you reduce the amount of spam you (and your audience) have to see.
If you have a blog and have your blog page set up to receive comments, you’ll likely have been the recipient of unwanted comments and trackbacks from spammers. One of the best ways to deal with this is to set up your blog so that comments must be okayed prior to posting. Another essential tool is blog spam blockers. Akismet is at the forefront of this helping WordPress users to avoid spam by allowing them to easily download a plugin that filters and stops these messages. Other software such as Captcha protects against spam in many forms to protect blogs, wiki’s, feedback forms etc. Yet more applications and add-ins allow you to download and use spam blacklists to block them out such as Habeas.
If you have a blog or use a wiki, there are many sites out there dedicated to countering the efforts of spammers. One of my favourites is the SpamHuntress which has a running documentary of counter spam tips and real world experiences.
For more ways to protect yourself against general spam read: The Top 10 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets by Heinz Tschabitscher.