Wednesday, 19 October 2016

How to Stop Spam mail

Check who it’s from. Spam will almost always come from an unrecognized sender, often with odd email addresses. That doesn’t mean that all unrecognized email is spam. Legitimate newsletters, website administration emails (password resets, authentication requests, etc.), and more may come from addresses you don’t recognize.

Don’t give out your email address online. “Robots” (scripts created to scrape websites for addresses) can quickly gather thousands of emails at a time from websites where the email addresses are made public. Also, sometimes humans actually grab e-mails off websites to use them for sign-up offers in order to get free stuff (iPods, Ringtones, Televisions, etc.).

Make your email address unscannable. If you must provide contact information, try writing it out in creative ways (me [at] yahoo [dot] com). There are alternative ways of displaying your e-mail address while making it hard for spambots to harvest it. Such methods include using image picture of your e-mail address or using JavaScript to dynamically construct the display of your email.

If you fancy joining a directory, BBS or social site, you might want to do a web search of the site for anything looking like e-mail addresses first. If you find loads of addresses, then the site is not secure and you should not give them your information!

If you need to provide an e-mail address to verify an online account and you do not want them to have your real address, you can use name@mailinator.com. You do not need to set up an account at mailinator.com; just check the inbox for whatever name you chose. Be aware that anybody can see the email sent to mailinator.com if they can guess what name you used. Also, mailinator.com only keeps emails for a few hours and automatically strips any attachments.
Avoid clicking links within Wiki essays. A current spam attack involves “essay spammers”, where spammers insert random links to sites related to essay-writing services. Another spam attack is spambots creating random pages related to subjects like UGG Boots. These pages also include random links to other subjects, whether or not they are related to the subject or even placed in a grammatically coherent way.

You could alternatively use https://meandmyid.com which allows you to create infinite, unique, private email addresses. The emails are forwarded to your personal email account so remain private but you can block or delete any addresses which subsequently attract spam.

There are two things you can do to find out if you have a harvesting problem at your e-mail address or website.

If you have a website, open your Contacts page in a browser such as Firefox and then examine the page source. This is usually found under View > Page Source. On the source window, Press Control-F (find) and enter an @ symbol. Press enter. Keep pressing F3 (search again) until you've found all @’s in the code. Make a note of any which look like e-mail addresses. If any are found, contact your website maintainer and insist these websites are protected against spam harvesting.

Search for your email address in Google, or any major search engine. If you find that the source of a listed page has got your address on it, contact the owners of all such pages and get them to remove or protect your address.

Mail Forwarding

We forward USPS mail ONLY. USPS mail can be forwarded for one year, magazines and newspapers should be forwarded or discontinued with the publisher/vendor.
Mail CANNOT be forwarded to addresses outside the United States.
Mail CANNOT be forwarded to another students mail box on campus.
We do not forward mail for 5 weeks or less. This is due to the turnaround time for the USPS. If you need something forwarded to you please call (615) 322-2934 and speak to a mail services employee.
You may use our web link Click here from any computer to forward your mail. If you choose to forward your mail permanently you will not be allowed to change the address, you will need to contact Station B to make any changes.
Mail may be forwarded for students who leave the campus for study abroad, medical leave, personal leave, transfer to another school, graduate, and for any other extended leave. Some restrictions may apply. We cannot forward to overseas addresses.
Newspapers and magazines will not be forwarded; you should discontinue the subscription in advance or forward with the publisher/vendor.
Campus mail will not be forwarded; it will be sent back to the originating department with a correct forwarding address. Because this mail has no postage applied, the originating department/person will choose at their discretion if the mail piece should be mailed to the student’s forwarding address.
Cash should NEVER be sent through campus mail, for any reason. If you choose to do so it will be at your own risk. VU Mail Services will not be responsible for cash sent through the USPS or campus mail. Cash should always be delivered in person.
We DO NOT forward UPS, FedEx, DHL or other common carrier delivered packages during Summer break. If you have accidentally sent a package to your campus address and you have forwarded your mail, unless you contact us prior to the packages arrival it will not be checked in but immediately returned to sender.