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Protect Yourself from Email Hell – Use a Contact Form

Protect Yourself from Email Hell – Use a Contact Form

An email address on your website is an open invitation to spam and junk mail. If you already own or are creating a personnel or business website, you do not want to display your email address on it. Yes, of course you need a way for visitors or potential clients to be able to contact you but by putting your email address on your website, you are opening the door wide open for bots that harvest, use and sell your email address.

Unless you want to receive dozens of junk and spam emails each day and spend time weeding through them to find legitimate and important  emails from your visitors, clients and customers absolutely avoid putting your email address on your  website like the swine flue.  It does not matter if it is a website visited by a only a few friends or a major ecommerce website, email harvesters and bots do not discriminate and will grab your email address.

The solution is very simple and that is the use of a contact form that allows your visitors to directly communicate with you, with out revealing your email address.  Contact forms can also be used to allow your website to ask survey questions, have opinion polls or allow visitors to join your newsletter.

These days creating a contact form and adding it to your webpage is as simple as cut and paste.  Using a special contact form generator through one of the many sites that offer it free, you simply add your text, and choose a layout. It will generate the code and you just copy it where you want it on your website.

But, not all contact forms are alike. We see many email forms and contact forms that have pretty boxes and a submit button, that were created with an HTML editor such as Frontpage, but all that does is make it look pretty and although It does not show your email visibly its still there to be harvested sitting in the HTML code on the website.   In addition, spammers have created robots that automatically fill out these boxes and hit the submit button over and over again, sending you junk and spam over and over again. In an recent experiment we put up a basic HTML email form as bait and  nothing happened for several months, then ‘BAM” some robot crawling the web found it, share it with others and not only were we getting hundreds of junk emails directly to our email address, but the contact form was being filled out  with offers for pornography with hundreds submitted per day. We know of several others who were forced to change their email address because of the same thing. So don’t let that happen to you.

There is a better way. The safest email or contact forms use an intermediary that hosts the contact form or survey form for you, completely hiding your email address  as well as stopping  robots from repeating sending you junk and spam via your own contact form by using advanced counter measure methods.

The best counter measure know today to stop email robots is  called  CAPTCHA,  which is an automatic  challenge – response test that insures the who ever is using the form is a human and not a bot computer.  CAPTCHA is a program that can generate tests that humans can pass but computer programs cant.  For example, humans can read distorted text , but computers cant.  The Contact form will only be processed if the user of the form can pass the simple CAPTCHA test , Humans will pass bot computers will not.  So only use a contact form or email form solution that incorporate the use of a CAPTCHA.

There are several free websites that offer easy to use email forms that incorporate CAPTCHA. The best we have found is EZcontactform.com. You do not need to know html, or have any technical knowledge at all. Their Contact form  wizard will guide you through the process step by step so you can create a contact form which includes all the questions you may need in a matter of minutes.  The site generates all the required  code and you then paste the code onto the appropriate pages of your website.  When someone fills out the Contact form and pass the CAPTCHA , an email copy of your Contact form is immediately sent to you.  Its that simple.   If you are a higher volume website, they charge a nominal fee and offer some more advanced features.

In summary, by using contact forms on your website you can allow your visitors to communicate safely and directly through your website with out the use of emails and protect yourself from Spam and junk mail hell.

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“All By Myself” from ‘Celine: Through the Eyes of the World’


The “All By Myself” music video with footage from the upcoming movie, ‘Celine: Through the Eyes of the World’ movie premiering in theaters only. For more info on ‘Celine: Through the Eyes of the World’ or to purchase tickets, please visit www.TheHotTicket.net. Limited run of eight shows February 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, 27 and 28. Australia: February 18-24, UK: February 17-21

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Web Design: From Concept to Comp

Web Design: From Concept to Comp


Watcht the new version at www.youtube.com A time-lapse video showing the creation of a comprehensive layout for an HTML5 website, by building upon the wireframe in Photoshop. Design by Tim Potter {tejpotter.com} Music by Escape Fails {http

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Chiquitita – in Spanish (ABBA) – from “300 Millones” – STEREO


For STEREO audio – please go to this URL: www.youtube.com In 1979 ABBA took part in the Spanish show called “300 Millones” and performed 4 songs. “I Have A Dream” – “Does Your Mother Know” – “Voulez-Vous” – “Chiquitita” (in Spanish). Here’s “Chiquitita” in beautiful Spanish. “Voulez-Vous” should be uploaded by someone else here on YouYube, but I have uploaded the other two songs/videos. More info can be found on ABBAonTV www.abbaontv.com/1979/description-300-millones.html or tinyurl.com .

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HTML5 Live: Lesson 3 Completing Markup From Lesson 2 (Part 1)

HTML5 Live: Lesson 3 Completing Markup From Lesson 2 (Part 1)

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Sprout Workflow: from Adobe Photoshop to HTML5 and Flash

Sprout Workflow: from Adobe Photoshop to HTML5 and Flash


Demo video showing Sprout workflow

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HTML5 Live: Lesson 3 Completing Markup From Lesson 2 (Part 2)

HTML5 Live: Lesson 3 Completing Markup From Lesson 2 (Part 2)

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Learn About HTML5 Communications APIs from Peter Lubbers

Learn About HTML5 Communications APIs from Peter Lubbers


San Francisco Java, PHP, and HTML5 user groups hosted an event on May 11th, 2010 on HTML5 with three amazing speakers: Brad Neuberg from Google, Giorgio Sardo from Microsoft, and Peter Lubbers from Kaazing. In this last of the three videos, Peter Lubbers, co-author of Pro HTML5 Programming (Apress 2010), explained how the new HTML5 Communication APIs can be used to build real-time web applications. He covered: Web Sockets, Server-Sent Events, XMLHttpRequest Level 2, and Cross-Document Messaging This event was organized by Aleksandar Gargenta, Johanne Quiambao, and Laurent Tonon from Marakana; Michael Tougeron from Gamespot; and Bruno Terkaly from Microsoft. Microsoft was our host and Marakana, Gamespot, Medallia, TEKsystems, and Guidewire Software sponsored the event.

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Switch YouTube Player From Flash to HTML5


Here is a quick tutorial on how you can switch your current YouTube Flash Player to the new HTML5 format which is considered to be much better thank Flash. Supported Browsers: – Firefox – Google Chrome – Internet Explorer – Safari – Opera Documentation: www.html5.org Switch Player www.youtube.com Please do support us and download our toolbar; www.cybersynq.ourtoolbar.com Thank you for watching, please do leave a comment.

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Learn About HTML5 and IE9 from Giorgio Sardo from Microsoft

Learn About HTML5 and IE9 from Giorgio Sardo from Microsoft


San Francisco Java, PHP, and HTML5 user groups hosted an event on May 11th, 2010 on HTML5 with three amazing speakers: Brad Neuberg from Google, Giorgio Sardo from Microsoft, and Peter Lubbers from Kaazing. In this second of the three videos, Giorgio Sardo from Microsoft, speaks about IE9 and Microsoft’s commitment to HTML5 and web standards. Giorgio, who is a Web Technical Evangelist and works on the Microsoft Web Stack and Internet Explorer, is an expert speaker, having covered topics from Windows Web and Mobile Platform to Web Standards, HTML5, and much more. On this occasion, Giorgio talked about HTML5, CSS 3, SVG, Fast JavaScript support coming in the Internet Explorer 9 platform. His presentation included demos showcasing the latest code, providing best practices on how to make web application standards compliant, fast and interoperable across browsers. This event was organized by Aleksandar Gargenta, Johanne Quiambao, and Laurent Tonon from Marakana; Michael Tougeron from Gamespot; and Bruno Terkaly from Microsoft. Microsoft was our host and Marakana, Gamespot, Medallia, TEKsystems, and Guidewire Software sponsored the event.

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