Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 15 June 2001
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From: Russell Brown For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Cheers Thanks for the mention this morning! It wasn't so much that I was spammed - I'm realistic about that - but that the address was harvested by a customer of my own ISP scanning the ISP's homepages, within four days of exposure. It was about as blatant as it gets and I appreciated the admirably swift and decisive response from Ihug's abuse people. I didn't expect Paul to write about it quite so soon, but having done his job for five years, I know that there are some mornings when you just plain need a story. And, hell yes, I heartily appreciate the traffic the story is generating. It's given us our biggest day yet at www.mediawatch.co.nz and I hope the log just gets longer. PS: Yeah, we'll get you on one day. From: Camryn Brown For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Use mailto: tags without fear! I use mailto: tags on my .com site, but I'm not worried about spammers. In fact, these days I get no spam at all.... why? Partly because I've laid a trap on my site. In short, I have a link on every page that leads into a never ending spiral of pages crammed with mailto: tags containing fake email addresses and links to more such pages. It makes sure the spambots choke (and ruin) their databases with millions of fake email addresses everytime they visit my site. The more people that have these the better, so check this site out to find out more: http://www.monkeys.com/wpoison/ Of course, the spammers will stop falling for this trick one day, but it works well at the moment! Of course, you should also ensure all of your pages with mailto: tags are protected by the Robot Exclusion Protocol... wpoison only gets the extra bad spammers that ignore the protocol.Now Have Your Say
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