Archive for July, 2009

Spam Attack from Website Forms

Friday, July 31st, 2009

When you attach your email to a form on a website, you are opening that email to an attack by a robot spammer. One way to control this is to put a captcha on the form. We use one that makes you add two numbers. Go to our contact form if you want to see how. When a spammer finds an open form, he sends his robots. That is when you are bombarded by hundreds of emails from the form. Using a captcha stops the robots. Word captchas are more common. That is when you are asked to repeat the letters and numbers in an image. Most robots can’t read text in images, but some can. For that reason we require the user add numbers that are generated randomly.
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Protecting Your Domain

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Contrary to popular belief, domain names on the World Wide Web are not owned, instead they are registered. If you let time lapse and do not pay the fee to keep it under your name you will lose a domain. Buyers are often quick to scoop up a domain that lapses, especially when it has been on the Internet for a while and search engines recognize it.

The most important part of registration of a domain name, besides your name, is the email address. If you decide to change your email address make sure to do it in the domain account. Most registrars will warn you when the your domain name is coming up on expiration. This is done with the email address you have saved under the domain name. If you have not updated the email address in your account, you may not get your notice. The domain can go to auction and be sold right from under you.

Another reason to keep your domain updated is when you make changes to your domain like pointing it to another host, the change is verified through your email address. If you do not have the correct email address in your account, you will not get the notice and the change may not happen.

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All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Using someone else’s written work without giving them credit is called plagiarism. It is looked down upon to plagiarize anything and you can potentially get into some trouble by doing it. However, it becomes more then just frowned upon when you take someone’s words that were written or keyed in on a website, because it has been officially documented once it’s on a site. Once documented, it is easy to prove who wrote it first. The person who wrote it second can easily be accused of copying and can be discredited as a reliable source of information.
Depending on how important the words are and what it costs the author determines if a lawsuit is needed. Often to protect writings on websites, you see the term “All Rights Reserved,” and Copyright at the bottom of the page.

There is a legal procedure to file a copyright on content. The effort can be very time consuming and most put it at the bottom of their content with the assumption that the user understands, they do not want someone using their work. Read More…