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1.8. Spam-blocking

Most users of the Internet are familiar with spam in connection to e-mails. In short, spam is unsolicited messages, primarily containing commercial content. Besides e-mail spam in your inbox, spam robots also try to exploit your website for spam. This concerns both e-mails sent via the website and user generated content from e.g. the blog module. The spam robots leave messages for you, your users and the search engines. 

It is illegal to generate spam, but unfortunately it is often impossible to uncover the sinners. Therefore, at SmartWeb we do all that we can to prevent spam and will continuously expand with new spam-blocks. The following describes the different types of spam, what we do to prevent them and what you can do. 


Spam content on your website (blog, forum etc.)

Spam robots will try to generate content on your website, e.g. via comments on the blog module. It is therefore important to activate spam-check under settings. The spam-check is an automatic box, in which the user is asked to type in two words. It is not necessary to type both words correctly. 

Some of the spam robots are intelligent and able to decipher the so called Captcha boxes. The box therefore also makes checks according to a common ip-database, where spam robots from all over the world are registered. An ip-adress registered in this database will also be rejected. 
Concurrently, SmartWeb has built in its own spam blockings and registers new spam robots in its ip-filter each week. The registration happens according to a number of rules set out by SmartWeb, which are contionously expanded as spam robots become more intelligent.
 

Spam e-mails in your inbox 

Spam robots are always looking to add new e-mail adresses to its database. If your e-mail is already registered by a spam robot, there is no way to deregister the adress. Most experts believe that it is impossible to mask your e-mail 100% on the Internet. If you wish to mask your e-mail on the website, spam blocking can be activated under settings. Spam blocking transforms the e-mail to an image that is unreadable by spam robots. Remember to choose a text colour of the spam blocking that matches the colours of your website. 
Even though your e-mail is already registered by spam robots it is not to late to activate spam check. This will mean that new spam robots will not get a hold of your e-mail address. 
It is naturally also important to consider other places on the Internet that our e-mail may be published. By searching for your e-mail on Google you can find the sites in which it is registered. 

How is spam e-mail blocked in your inbox? Newer versions of e-mail programs, e.g. Outlook, sorts out spam from the inbox and places it in the folder "Unwanted mail" (Junk E-mail). Online e-mail services like Gmail, Hotmail og Hosted Exchange do the same. It is also important to have a anti-virus program that will typically sort out both spam and other malicious e-mails.
If your e-mail program is of an older date an upgrade is recommendable. Programs that sort out spam also exist. You can find such programs by searching for "anti spam" on Google. 


Spam e-mails from your website (contact form, newsletter sign-up etc.)  

The spam robots try to fill out the forms which can be filled out on the website. It can be contact forms, newsletter sign-ups etc. Similar to blocking of spam content it is important here to activate spam check under settings. Read the section ”Spam content on your website”(Look above) for a description of the function and the measures taken by SmwrtWeb to prevent the sending of spam e-mails from your website.