Vienna, Virginia (PRWEB) September 18, 2003 -
virus and Spam filtering solutions, today published recommended tips for small businesses and business owners on how to prevent Spam from reaching employee inboxes. The company provides email-hosting solutions with integrated anti-virus, anti-Spam and pornography filtering technologies to over 1,200 small businesses and service providers.
To prevent spammers from harvesting email addresses, CEO of Excedent Technologies, Patrick Matthews, suggests several preventive measures for small businesses. “One of the problems facing small businesses today is that they are allowing spammers to easily identify their email address and then scrambling to try and prevent the Spam from reaching their inbox,” explained Matthews. “We recommend that businesses be very careful about where they publish their email addresses in order to prevent their addresses from getting on mailing lists in the first place.” Matthews shared the following Spam prevention tips for small businesses:
1. Create alias email addresses that can be replaced. “We advise that all email users create at least one separate, dedicated email alias address to be used for all of e-commerce purchases and when registering for third-party services,” explained Matthews. Also, use this email address when posting to discussion lists, news groups, message boards, and when displaying email addresses to the public, such as on a Web site. In other words, only list generic email addresses on Web sites, such as email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, etc.
One of the most prominent ways that Spammers collect email addresses is by writing automatic scripts that crawl the Internet and pick email addresses off of Web sites. For this reason, email users and Webmasters should only publish generic email aliases on the Web. These aliases should, preferably, be replaceable so that once spammers pick up on the aliases, they can be discarded and replaced with another alias address.
2. Do not give your email address away unless you are confident that the recipient is a trusted party. If it is an optional request from a third party, leave it blank. If it is required, it is best to use your temporary email alias address or an email account that you have with a free provider such as Yahoo! or Hotmail.
3. Do not unsubscribe from Spam that you receive. Many spammers use unsubscribe requests to verify that email addresses are in fact legitimate. Once you unsubscribe, they know the email was received. This actually makes your email address more valuable to spammers. If you believe that you are receiving an unwanted bulk email from a reputable company, un-subscribing will most likely be safe and should be done. However, if you don’t know the sender, don’t unsubscribe or reply.
4. Do not rely on AOL or other generic email addresses for business purposes. Many companies that provide free email services make money by selling email addresses and subscriber information to spammers, advertisers and other third party marketing organizations.
5. Do not reply to or forward long chain letters that you receive via email. “We believe that spammers collect email addresses from some of these chain letters that are passed through hundreds and sometimes thousands of groups of email users. While this is labor intensive for some spammers, most of the email addresses found within these chain letters are legitimate and may become spam targets,” emphasized Matthews.
6. Do not signup for any service that claims to be a “Do Not Spam List,” similar to the FCCs “Do Not Call List.” Many of these services are fraudulent and actually may lead to your email address being added to more Spam lists.
About Excedent Technologies
Excedent Technologies is a global leader in outsourced business email hosting solutions. The company provides small businesses and service providers with secure, reliable, Spam-free, Virus-free email. Excedent manages and maintains this critical communication infrastructure, freeing up valuable personnel resources and eliminating the need for customers to purchase email-related software, hardware or additional bandwidth. The company is privately held and serves more than 1,000 customers worldwide. For more information on Excedents small business email hosting plans, please visit http://www.webmail.us. For more information on service provider and enterprise email solutions, please visit http://www.excedent.com or call 866.EXCEDENT (392.3336).