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Differentiating Authentic E-mail From Notorious E-mail Spamming
By Paul Judge
Among the malicious discomforts that most people can expect over the web is the presence of e-mail spamming practices wherein an e-mail account received various messages coming from an unknown origin. E-mail messages coming from an unknown contact would always be a prime candidate for possible spam e-mail. Rightfully so, catchy subject lines should make people who check their e-mail suspicious of up to nothing messages, that may eventually trick users into replying or perhaps be directed to websites that are contained through scripts included in the e-mail. In short, spammed e-mail is defined as unsolicited mail sent to many people. However, it should be noted that a message written for or e-mailed to one individual that is known to the sender is not spam. A reply to an e-mail is not considered to be spam unless the reply continuously repeats itself.

A good question to ponder upon is why people resort to such pathetic practices of e-mail spamming. For one, site promotion is among the tops in the agenda of people who resort to this type of method. The need to increase the sites visitors and gather more hits can be done through directing unknowing e-mail users of the site, and offering outrageous deals and privileges from this e-mail spamming practice. The other probable purpose is to create havoc and make life miserable to most people who look towards creating mischief for innocent people who are not adept with the Internet security issues.

More and more people are seen to be fighting off this e-mail spamming practice, and most have gone to the extent of having banned their e-mail host providers from less credible e-mail origins. Most sites, usually coming from the big corporate sectors

and Internet service providers that provide e-mail services, look out for the total security of their customers and members. There will be instances where e-mails sent may be rejected or bounced, for the reason that previous experiences from unsolicited e-mails which are considered e-mail spamming, want to be contained and avoided to retain and secure the integrity of the system itself.

To avoid such e-mail spammers cannot be immediately identified. For one, looking at the point of origin, particularly the sender and the host provider are not enough to be able to contain these malicious spamming practices. Various tactics as hiding the actual sender’s e-mail address by using groups is a way of making these e-mail spammers untraceable in most cases.

One last point that can be added is how these up to no good people are able to harvest such e-mails. One is through websites, serving notice as to why most sites do not place e-mail addresses in their sites and resort to online forms and scripts or placing their e-mail addresses by using images in place of them. Such a practice has been deemed a good control for e-mails spamming control for most websites and the webmasters whom have resorted to such have devised a way to put a halt to such notorious e-mail spamming activities, often making life miserable to most people who look like sitting ducks and unaware of the Internet mischief that awaits them in the form of spamming via their e-mail accounts.

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