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Have you heard of the term spam? In today’s article we will talk about these terms and explain what it is about and how you can prevent spam on your website.

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Let’s start by explaining what the term Spam is and what it is.

SPAM, is an acronym, its term means Sending and Posting Advertisement in Mass. Which, in a free translation means “Send and post mass advertising”. After knowing the meaning of this word, it becomes easier to understand what it is about. Spam is generally an electronic message that reaches users without their permission or without their desire to receive it. They are usually received by email, but can also circulate on social media or website comments.

In most cases, spam promotes a product or service. But, in other situations, it may have the objective simply to spread false, known stories or even to obtain the financial and personal data of the recipient.

That said, we move on to what types of spam there are,

Also known as “hoaxes”, rumor-type spam is intended to promote false and alarming stories.

The chains are like “sympathies” to get more money, more health, peace, etc. To achieve the goal, whoever receives this type of spam needs to forward the message to a predetermined number of people. After that, they will be awarded the “blessings” of sympathy.

Some types of spam aim to capture personal data, generally asking the user to enter a page and enter their personal data. Attention is needed as the data ends up in the hands of malicious people.

Some spam may be linked to scams. Usually those who make crazy promises, like making more money working from home and just for a few minutes a day; or how to lose weight effortlessly, increase the size of the genital organ, among other amazing promises. Generally, you need to buy a fake product, such as a course, books, medication, and more.

This type of spam aims to defame and dirty the image of a specific group, organization, company or person.

This is the most common type of spam among all. They aim to promote some product, service and even politicians in election campaigns. Commercial advertisements are divided between licit and illicit, the majority of which are illicit advertisements.

Some SPAM messages carry various types of viruses, such as trojans, worms, backdoors, among others. The purpose of this type of spam is to infect devices, be it computer or mobile phones to get some types of information or even just harm and create damage.

Now that you know a little about spam and what types of spam, how can you prevent or minimize spam on your website?

Think carefully about unmoderated comments on your site:
Comments can be a good way to measure your audience, create more loyalty to your business, but it can also be an open door for spam to enter. So always think about whether you really need the comments section, if you do then choose to have the comments moderated by the website administrators, so that you can first review and only after verifying that it is not spam, approve and thus be visible on your website .

Protect your forms:
In most cases, almost all businesses choose to have a contact form on their website. To avoid receiving spam in your email via the form, you can then choose to protect your forms with Captchas, Google provides a tool where you can insert this solution on your website to avoid receiving spam.

Tools / Plugins:
If the tips above were not enough, you can also choose to install tools / plugins on your website that also allow you to block spam.
There are plenty of alternatives that you can test and use.

If you have questions about how to do these processes on your website or if you are planning to have your presence online with a website, you can count on the help of the HUB Ativo team and web design, where we renew and create websites, always ready to avoid receiving spam! For more information contact us through our contact page or if you prefer, come and visit the HUB Ativo in Portimão.

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