1. Remove your e-mail address from your website
    If you list or link to your e-mail address(es), you WILL be spammed. Address-harvesting robots (known as spambots) will spider your site and other web sites throughout the internet and extract them. So remove them wherever possible and use web-based forms instead. Bower Web Solutions can program the pages for your web site in such a way so that it will hide your e-mail address by turning it into HTML code that browsers can understand but spambots cannot understand. Contact Bower Web Solutions and find out how we can program your site to use hidden e-mail address and or web-based forms.
  2. Consider subscribing to a Spam Filtering Service
    Unlike many other so-called spam filtering services, our E-Mail Defense Service is NOT a challenge response service. A challenge response e-mail filtering service require that people who send you email to respond by clicking, visiting a website, and or typing in a code that only a human (not a spam bot) could do correctly. Unfortunately, most people simply refuse to participate. That’s because it requires people who are sending you legitimate email to take THEIR time to ensure YOU get email. Our E-Mail Defense System does not require the sender to do anything. Tip: Make sure that any software or system you select gives YOU control of which email you get (and doesn’t automatically erase messages). Contact Bower Web Solutions for more information about our spam filtering service.
  3. Use email filters intelligently
    Some email software, such as Microsoft Outlook, Eudora Pro, and Mail for Macintosh OS X allow you to create multiple filters, mailboxes and personalities for sorting, filtering and filing incoming and outgoing messages.
  4. Avoid filter conflicts
    As time passes and your e-mail program’s filter system expands to match the growing number of key words and phrases used by spammers, be careful that you don’t unwittingly create conflicts between individual filters. It’s possible for messages with conflicting or multiple keywords or phrases to end up in the trash if your email client can’t resolve the conflict. Keep filters as uncomplicated as you can. Simplicity works best.
  5. Multiple email addresses
    Consider acquiring multiple email addresses for different purposes. This helps you to identify different sources and senders. For instance, you may have one for personal use only by friends, family or colleagues that is never used to request information or to subscribe to newsletters, discussion lists, newsgroups, etc.  Another might be used just for sales inquiries or orders, or for making online purchases. This can be arranged through your ISP, web host or through any number of online email service providers. A Catch-All e-mail account can also be used for this purpose.