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How to spot a phishing email

Phishing and spoof emails aim to obtain your secure information, passwords, or account numbers. These emails use deceptive means to try and trick you, like forging the sender’s address. Often, they ask for the reader to reply, call a phone number, or click on a weblink to steal personal information.

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1. The email has improper spelling or grammar
This is one of the most common signs that an email isn’t legitimate. Sometimes, the mistake is easy to spot, such as ‘Dear eBay Costumer’ instead of ‘Dear eBay Customer.’

Others might be more difficult to spot, so make sure to look at the email in closer detail. For example, the subject line or the email itself might say “Health coverage for the unemployeed.” The word unemployed isn’t exactly difficult to spell. And any legitimate organizations would have editors who review their marketing emails carefully before sending it out. So when in doubt, check the email closely for misspellings and improper grammar. Continue reading “How to spot a phishing email”

How to check for HTML content in contact forms? Spam proof without Captcha.

If you ever wanted to stop receiving spam about luis vuitton bags, you wondered how you can spam-proof your contact page without the addition of captchas.

The contact form HTML Code (make sure you include max length for all the fields:

<form name=”contactform” id=”contactform” method=”post” action=”send_form_email.php”>
<ul class=”row form”><li class=”col left”>
<input type=”text” id=”Name” name=”Name” class=”required” placeholder=”Name” maxlength=”100″>
<input type=”text” id=”Email” name=”Email” class=”required” placeholder=”Email” maxlength=”100″>
<input type=”text” id=”Subject” name=”Subject” class=”” placeholder=”Subject” maxlength=”50″></li>
<li class=”col right”><textarea id=”Message” name=”Message” placeholder=”Message”></textarea></li></ul>

</form>

The PHP code in send_form_email.php:

<?php
function spamcheck($field)
{
    //filter_var() sanitizes the e-mail 
    //address using FILTER_SANITIZE_EMAIL 
    $field = filter_var($field, FILTER_SANITIZE_EMAIL);
    
    //filter_var() validates the e-mail 
    //address using FILTER_VALIDATE_EMAIL 
    if (filter_var($field, FILTER_VALIDATE_EMAIL)) {
        return TRUE;
    } else {
        return FALSE;
    }
}

function linkcheck($message)
{
    //$message = 'Check this out <a href="http://www.something.com">Click here</a>. Click it';
    
    if (preg_match('/<a[s]+[^>]*?href[s]?=[s""']+(.*?)[""']+.*?>([^<]+|.*?)?</a>/', $message)) {
        // THERE IS A HYPERLINK IN THE MESSAGE
        // DO SOMETHING
        return TRUE;
    } else {
        return FALSE;
    }
}

function clean_string($string)
{
    $bad = array(
        "content-type",
        "bcc:",
        "to:",
        "cc:",
        "href"
    );
    return str_replace($bad, "", $string);
}


function died($error)
{
    
    // your error code can go here
    
    echo "We are very sorry, but there were error(s) found with the form you submitted. ";
    echo "These errors appear below.<br /><br />";
    echo $error . "<br /><br />";
    echo "Please go back and fix these errors.<br /><br />";
    die();
    
}


if (isset($_POST['Email'])) {
    
    //check if the email address is invalid 
    $mailcheck = spamcheck($_POST['Email']);
    if ($mailcheck == FALSE) {
        died("The Email Address you entered does not appear to be valid.");
    }
    //send email 
    $email_to      = "YOUR EMAIL";
    $email_subject = "Query Submitted ";
    
    // validation expected data exists
    
    if (!isset($_POST['Name']) || !isset($_POST['Subject']) || !isset($_POST['Email']) || !isset($_POST['Message'])) {
        
        died('We are sorry, but there appears to be a problem with the form you submitted. Please make sure all fields are filled in!');
    }
    
    $first_name = $_POST['Name']; // required
    $email      = $_POST['Email']; // required
    $subject    = $_POST['Subject']; // not required
    $comments   = $_POST['Message']; // required
    
    
    $error_message = "";
    $string_exp    = "/^[A-Za-z .'-]+$/";
    if (!preg_match($string_exp, $first_name)) {
        $error_message .= 'The Name you entered does not appear to be valid.<br />';
    }
    
    if ((strlen($comments) < 2) || (linkcheck($comments) == TRUE)) {
        $error_message .= 'The Message you entered do not appear to be valid.<br />';
    }
    if ((strlen($subject) < 2) || (linkcheck($subject) == TRUE)) {
        $error_message .= 'The Subject you entered do not appear to be valid.<br />';
    }
    
    if (strlen($error_message) > 0) {
        
        died($error_message);
        
    }
    
    $email_message = "Dear AdventExhibitions Administrator,nn A new query has been submitted on the website. Details below: nn";
    
    $email_subject .= $subject;
    $email_message .= "Name: " . clean_string($first_name) . "n";
    $email_message .= "Subject: " . clean_string($subject) . "n";
    $email_message .= "Email: " . clean_string($email) . "n";
    $email_message .= "Comments: " . clean_string($comments) . "n";
    
    
    // create email headers
    
    $headers = 'From: YOUR EMAIL' . "rn" . 'Reply-To: YOUR EMAIL' . "rn" . 'X-Mailer: PHP/' . phpversion();
    
    
    mail($email_to, $email_subject, $email_message, $headers);
    
?>
 
Thank you for contacting us. We will be in touch with you very soon.
 
 <?php
}
?>

Subtle Email Marketing

Everyday Internet users receive tons of emails telling them to buy certain products or visit particular websites. While these emails arrive in the inboxes of unsuspecting Internet users each day, most of them pay very little attention to these emails.

Subtle email marketing might prove successful for new customer attraction
Subtle email marketing might prove successful for new customer attraction

That is because emails which are blatant advertisements are often viewed as spam.

Most Internet users have very little tolerance for spam. Reactions to spam tend to range from simply ignoring the emails and having the email addresses blocked from sending future emails to reporting the emails to their Internet service provider for further investigation. We realize many Internet marketers have difficulty keeping their email marketing subtle. Therefore this article will provide some useful information on how email marketing can be kept subtle so it is not viewed as spam.

One of the most important criteria for ensuring your email marketing is subtle and will not be viewed as spam is to provide something of quality to the recipients. This may include insightful articles, interesting quizzes or other useful facts which members of the target audience are likely to find useful. When email recipients realize an email they received is offering them something worthwhile such as knowledge or information about a particular niche subject they are much more likely to spend some time reviewing the email because they will not consider the email to be spam. In addition to using the creation of this copy to convince recipients that the email is not spam, the business owners can also take advantage of this copy by providing subtle advertising. This may include product references in the articles or links to your website throughout the email.

Avoiding language which makes outrageous claims can also help to keep advertising quite subtle. Using superlatives and describing the greatness of specific products is likely to be viewed as blatant advertising. When this happens, it is not likely that website owners will believe there is validity in anything contained within the email because they will believe the entire email is simply one big advertisement for your products or services.

Another way to keep advertising subtle when running an email marketing campaign is to only send your email to those who are likely to be extremely interested in your products and services. This is important because when email recipients receive an email which does not reflect their interests at all, they are not likely to take the email serious and may view the email as a blatant advertisement. However, when the email is only sent to those who share a common interest the email seems more personalized. In this case the email recipients are not likely to view every product reference as a blatant advertisement because they understand there is sometimes a need to mention products or services.

Finally email marketing remains subtle when the content of the email is written as though it is not coming directly from the business owner. The copy may speak about the products and services as though they are being offered by a third party. This make the advertising seem more subtle because it does not appear to come directly from the business owner.

Finally, business owners can help to ensure their email marketing efforts are not viewed as blatant advertisements by keeping reference to your own website to an absolute minimum. Most Internet users often view links from one website to another strictly as an advertisement. For this reason it might be worthwhile for business owners who are marketing an email campaign to keep links to a minimum and to carefully weave these links into even the most quite benign copy.

The links should be provided as though they were only included to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the products and not as a way to encourage you to purchase these products.

It might be worthwhile to consider hiring a writer with this type of experience to ensure the copy conveys the desired message and has the desired effect on the email recipients.

How Your Business Can Benefit from Email Marketing

Even if you are already running a successful business, you may be surprised to learn your business can benefit greatly from orchestrating an effective email marketing campaign. An email marketing campaign and a number of different advantages including the ability to reach a worldwide audience, a variety of different marketing options at your fingertips and the ability to do a great deal of marketing with very little investment dollars. This article will take a look at all of these different topics to provide insight into how email marketing can benefit your business.

email-iconFor many business owners one of the most prominent advantages to email marketing is the ability to reach a worldwide audience with minimal effort. While traditional marketing methods such as television advertisements, radio advertisements and advertisements in print media are typically targeted at a rather small geographic area, email marketing can reach a worldwide audience. It is possible to reach an audience of this magnitude with other marketing methods but it would be much more complicated to do and would likely involve launching advertising campaigns in several different markets. This is possible but would require an intense coordination effort and will likely require at least a few staff members to assist you in this effort.

Conversely, the ability to transmit instantly via email can make it much easier to reach target audience members with literally just the click of a mouse. The act of creating the marketing materials for your email marketing campaign is significantly more involved but once this is done reaching members of your target audience is quite simple.

Another advantage to email marketing is there are a multitude of advertising options available to those who wish to utilize this marketing strategy. The most commonly used method of email marketing it so send out group emails with product information and other promotional materials. However, another way to approach the concept of email marketing is to publish and distribute e-newsletters to interested email recipients. An e-newsletter is typically much more in depth than the type of information which would normally accompany a promotional email. These e-newsletters typically feature at least one in depth article as well as a few shorter articles which either offer useful tips or review products. Additionally there may be some graphics, advertising and links include in the layout of the e-newsletter. Email marketing campaigns can also take the place of email correspondence courses which typically focus on one niche subject and feature a few instalments which provide detailed information on a specific facet of the niche subject.

Finally email marketing can benefit your business because it is an extremely cost effective method of advertising. When you opt to orchestrate an email marketing campaign you will likely invest money in hiring professionals such as writers and graphic designers to assist you in creating content and an appealing layout for your promotional emails. However, this is typically not more than you would invest in hiring the same type of personnel for an offline marketing campaign. However, unlike offline marketing methods there is not a great deal of cost associated with executing your email marketing campaign. Consider the creation of a television commercial where you will have to pay fees and purchase advertising space to allow your advertising to reach the public. However, when you transmit your advertising via email, there is virtually no cost associated with this transmission. There are of course costs associated with maintaining an Internet connection and retaining employees to send these emails but these costs are minimal and can be considered to be part of normal operating costs.