I suggest a rule of thumb for Internet usage: do not pass on any warnings about anything until you have verified the source. That doesn't mean your friend Bill, it means validating virus threats with on-line lists, or warnings about other problems with someone who actually experienced it, not the friend of a friend.
there are resources available. For the plethora of urban legends
the web propagates, check out these sites to validate any threats:
There are many fun and fascinating, and false, stories to be read.
virus threats, to ensure you're not passing along a hoax, please check
the following resources:
If you’re unsure about a warning and don’t want to spend the time to research it, a simple guideline is: don’t pass it on.
unsolicited email, called “spam,” can be a major problem. Some of
the tips here will help you to minimize the amount of spam you
receive. Note that many spam messages have a "remove" option,
stating that you can remove
yourself from the mailing list by following specific
It is usually recommended not to do this, it simply validates your
as live and may increase spam. Exceptions are messages with a
option from larger credible companies, or lists you have subscribed to.
spam and what happens if I spam?
In general, most ISPs warn their client once, then terminate their account on a second occurrence without notice.
Why is spam such a problem?
Personally, I've had to drop using a previous email address as the spam volume reached 100 emails a day. Imagine what it was like to come back after two weeks vacation. I have several hundred people in my address book, and it was quite a chore to notify everybody, and of course I lost contact with some folks who knew my address, but were not in my book.
The costs of spam, which we eventually pay for, are enormous. It is now estimated (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1608661,00.asp), that it costs companies an average of almost US$2,000/year per employee in wasted productivity. Individually, it's estimated that 38 percent of the 31 billion e-mails sent in North America are spam. (http://news.com.com/Spam+volume+keeps+rising/2100-1032_3-5339257.html?tag=nefd.top). That means a huge percentage of the Internet infrastructure is being used to support spam, and you are paying for that in your monthly Internet bill. That is money out of your pocket to pay for other people to spam you.
And much of the spam is not from offshore faked-header Viagra peddlers, it's regular folks who perceive an email as free, when in reality they are simply imposing their costs on you and me and everyone else. In my opinion, unsolicited promotional emails are not an ethical way to promote a business or a product.
What can you do about spam?
Most spam has faked headers (that jumble at the beginning of the email) and a faked return address. However if you recognize the ISP it comes from (eg Shaw, AOL, Islandnet, Yahoo etc.) as a real ISP, you can forward the spam to abuse@<name of ISP>, so for example email@example.com. They will deal with it immediately. When I forward the email, I comment that I don't know the individual and have never asked to receive this information.
If the spam is from someone I know, or easily identified as someone local, I respond to them immediately stating that their email is spam, violates their ISPs policies and their account is subject to termination. I believe that helps folks that don't understand the implications of their actions. If I receive a second spam from such a source, I forward to the appropriate abuse address.
For the more technically minded, and aggressive anti-spam folks, check out www.spamcop.net.
How can I reduce spam?
Spammers get the email addresses in a variety of ways:
Other sites where there is much more info on fighting spam:
...see in particular http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spam/fightspam.mspx
Emailing to several people at onceOne great capability of email is the ability to send the same message to several people at once: original thoughts, baby pictures or forwarded messages of interest. However keep in mind that when you send a message to multiple people with their email addresses in the “To:” field of your message, everyone receiving the message will see all the email addresses. They may forward your interesting message on to their friends, and very quickly your private email address has been received by thousands of people. In time people who send spam pick up those addresses, add them to their list, and send many ads for sex services, loans, swarms of scams and legitimate advertisements to your email address. Further, certain viruses scan computers for any email addresses on the hard drive, the more people that have your address, the more likely such a virus can pick it up and attempt to infect your computer.
To avoid this, use a “blind copy” option or “suppressed recipient” list, unless the list of people you are sending to all know each other. Your email "help" function can tell you how to do this for your particular email program. To use a “blind copy” option simply put the list of email address into the “bc:” or “bcc:” field, and in the “To:” field put your own email address. To anyone receiving the message it will look like you sent a message to yourself, and they will not see anyone else’s email address.
So the simple rule is: delete most attachments without opening them, unless you are 100% confident the sender created the file and you trust them, or you have good reason to believe the file is clean. Inform the sender that you'd prefer not receive any suspect attachments.
There are exceptions, particularly image files, with file names that end on PC systems with .jpg, .jpeg, .tif, .bmp, .gif and other less common ones. These can usually be downloaded and viewed without harm. However beware of files that contain these letters, but don't end in them, like "badfile.jpg.exe".
When replying to an email message, use your email program's "reply" function. With most email programs your reply will then include the sender's original message. It is considered polite to then delete much of the senders message, leaving enough of it to remind the sender of what they had written. A “thread” or series of email message replies then does not get inordinately long.
You can also
intersperse your answers to questions in your email reply, again
deleting unnecessary original material. An example:
Helping your email contacts to help youMany people are unaware of how using the simple advice here can greatly reduce spam and respect privacy. Don’t hesitate to send the advice on this page on to someone you feel could benefit from it. Give them this address: www.jonpatch.ca/internet.html
3 Tips to Deploying an Effective SEO Campaign
Business and individuals alike are interested in how to utilize search engine optimization strategies today, especially so that they can get to the top of the major search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, and others that people use on a regular basis. The strategies and techniques used can make a major difference in how successful an online company will be or how soon it may be forced to quit business. Therefore, before online companies publish their new website, it is important for them to do their research well in advance to their online operations. With this being said, here are some basic tips that business owners can follow to reach the top of major search engines and remain there for extended periods of time.
# 1 - Learn How to Use Keywords and Keyword Phrases
Keywords and keyword phrases can be described as a significant part of a search engine optimization campaign. So, the website owner should know how keyword and keyword phrases should be used to get the attention of the search engine when they are used. For instance, keywords may be placed in the first paragraph and last paragraph of an article so that the search engine will pick up the information that has been posted on the site and rank it in the position of number one. However, it is important to note that keywords cannot be used too much throughout the article or the search engine may classify the search engine optimization strategy as a form of keyword stuffing.
#2 - Post Reputable Links on the Site
Many times the owner of the site may post materials from other blogs, forums, youtube and the like, specifically if the content is interesting and related to the site's overall theme. In order to be effective when considering the major search engine, the links to other sites must be linked to reputable sources that can assist with raising that sites visibility in the search engines.
#3 - Make Sure to Use Engaging Content in your Vancouver SEO Campaign
In addition to using keywords to increase a site's ranking, the site owners must also know how to produce and post engaging content. For instance, engaging content can be in the form of a diversity of things including teaching someone a do it yourself technique, providing content for a project that a person is working on for their job or school or to instruct them how to make money online.
Not so fine print: no representation is made that following this advice will protect you absolutely against viruses, spam and other Internet funnies. JPPS and Jon Patch assume no liability for any direct, indirect or consequential damages from following any of these suggestions.
Do you have comments on this guide? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks!