Web Form Spam: What It Is and How to Prevent It

Web Form Spam: What It Is and How to Prevent It

The internet has evolved a lot over that past 25 to 30 years.  We have upgraded from slow wired connections to high-speed Wi-Fi connections and the tools available have made it much more convenient to surf the internet and quickly find the information we are looking for.  The internet has also had a major impact on businesses of all types as online marketing opportunities have made it easier for businesses to reach and even interact directly with their customers. However, there is one problem that has been around for as long as people have been using the internet, spam.  Spam comes in many forms including spam emails, direct messages, comments, and social media posts.  One type of spam that is especially aggravating for businesses is form spam.  Many businesses and institutions have contact forms on their websites for visitors to leave comments, sign up for newsletters and submit requests for their services.  These contact forms can be targeted by spammers and spambots, leading to dozens, or even hundreds, of spam form submissions in your inbox. Spam form submissions are annoying because they can skew your true form submission numbers and bury legitimate form submissions.  In this guide, we will explain what form spam is and what you can do to prevent spam from taking over your form submissions.  Working with a web design professional like Proceed Innovative can help you identify issues with form spam and get suggestions on how you can prevent it. What is Form Spam? Form spam is the submission of website forms by human scammers or spambots with malicious intent.  The information in these form...
7 Ways to Tell if an Email is Spam (Unsolicited Email)

7 Ways to Tell if an Email is Spam (Unsolicited Email)

Email spam, it seems like this has been in existence for as long as the internet.  Usually spam is easy to pick out and ignore but spammers have gotten much better about disguising their emails.  Some spam emails can get past the filters. With the amount of emails we receive on a daily basis, including business and personal messages, newsletters, and others, it is very important to be able to recognize spam email. What is Email Spam Generally speaking, spam emails have the following characteristics: Sender Anonymity: The sender of spam emails is always anonymous and many senders use international IP addresses to further shield their identity and circumvent U.S. law. Mass Mailing: Spam emails are sent to many people at once, not just your email address. Unsolicited: The recipients never request spam email and there is no way to “opt out” or avoid future spam emails. Sometimes spam emails are sent with malicious intent, asking for sensitive information. Spam Email Example: How to Tell if an Email is Spam or Unsolicited Commercial Email Not all spam ends up in the spam folder. Therefore, it is important to know how to tell if an email in your inbox is spam mail.  The following are 7 effective ways to recognize a spam email: Look at who the email is addressed to: If the email is not addressed specifically to your email address, that means it was sent to many other people. Check the “from” email address: If the email was sent by a legitimate company or institution, the “from” email address usually contains the domain name of their main website....